Poll finds Corker approval rating down to 34 percent; Corker staffer says it’s a ‘push poll’

Tennessee Democrats say a new poll, commissioned by a national advocacy group fighting GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, demonstrates U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is vulnerable on the health care issue. The Times Free Press reports that a Corker staffer and Vanderbilt University pollster question the validity of the survey.

The Aug. 11-13 automated telephone survey of 663 Tennessee registered voters was paid for by liberal health care advocacy group Save My Care. (Poll results HERE.)

Conducted by Public Policy Polling, a company often aligned with the Democratic Party, the poll found only one third or 34 percent of those surveyed who approved of Corker’s job performance. Another 47 percent said they disapproved. A substantial number — 19 percent — were undecided.

The polling company also said its survey found that if Corker were up for re-election today, less than half of those surveyed — 47 percent — said they would vote for him.  37 percent said they would vote for an unnamed Democratic opponent. But 16 percent said they weren’t sure how they would vote.

… Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, attacked the survey. “This error-ridden push poll was conducted by a liberal automated polling firm and is not worth the paper it’s printed on,” Womack said Tuesday.

… Surveys from earlier this spring and summer, conducted by Vanderbilt University and the nonpartisan Morning Consult for Politico showed showed Corker with 52 percent job approval.

Other questions on the August survey were tied specifically to various Republican proposals seeking to repeal and replace or substantially alter the Affordable Care Act… Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini called Corker’s votes on various bills and provisions “appalling.” (And that his position is making him unpopular — the press release is HERE.)

… Dr. John Geer, a Vanderbilt University political science professor and co-director of the university’s poll, was less than impressed by the survey.

“First of all, it’s a robo poll [automated telephone poll], so you have to have some doubts about its value,” Geer said. “But the question wording is unbelievably bad.”

…Jim Williams, an analyst for the polling firm, said he’s “fine if they were picking at it,” but he emphasized health questions are “all part of the health care fiasco which is what the whole poll is about.”

Still, Williams noted, the poll establishes approval ratings for both Corker and Trump as well as the “horse race” on Corker’s reelection “before we even get into any of the questions surrounding the health care bill.

2 Responses to Poll finds Corker approval rating down to 34 percent; Corker staffer says it’s a ‘push poll’

  • Linda says:

    I won’t vote for Corker again, but I will vote for a real conservative candidate. Tennessee Democrats are beginning to say the same garbage that Georgia Democrats have been saying for years: “We’re going to beat Nathan Deal! We’re going to take a U.S. Senate seat! We’re going to take Marietta/Sandy Springs congressional district! Tennessee Democrats–Dream on!

  • Jerry McDonough says:

    No matter what the “saints” from the Vanderbilt poll say, I and many of my friends have no intention of voting for corker ever again for anything. That’s our poll and I’m sure there are many more like it in the State of Tennessee. “Once burned, twice wise.” The elites amy think Tennesseans are stupid hillbillies, but we are not.

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