A Fox News poll released today shows Republican senate candidate John Raese three points ahead of Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, 48 percent to 45 percent.
But it also showed the paradox that while Manchin is hugely popular in the state (he has 69 percent favorability ratings), this is an election about rejecting the Obama administration’s policies. Fifty-nine percent of likely voters intend their senate vote “to express opposition to Obama administration policies.” Seventy-five percent are angry or dissatisfied about how the federal government is operating. Sixty-two percent say the Obama administration’s policies have hurt the West Virginia economy, while 22 percent say they have had no impact. And 63 percent of voters disapprove of President Obama.
On health care, 49 percent would like to see the entire bill repealed, while 26 percent would like to see it partially repealed. Thirty-eight percent think Congress’s top priority should be to reduce the national debt, while 23 percent say the top priority should be cutting taxes.
The poll’s margin of error is 3 points, and it was conducted prior to the debate held last night.