Webb, by the numbers
Data tidbits about Democratic Sen. James Webb (VA), who just announced he won't seek re-election...
-Maintained consistently positive numbers, but never moved the approval needle very much over course of term. Late 2009 approval ratings were similar to those two years prior.
Among registered voters (Washington Post poll):
Approve Disapprove No opinion 8/14/09 51 31 18 9/21/08 54 24 21 10/8/07 52 28 20
-In a December 2010 Clarus poll, Webb and former senator George Allen were neck-and-neck among registered voters in a potential 2012 rematch, with Webb at 41 percent and Allen at 40.
-Webb's razor-thin 2006 victory was fueled by the same basic forces that propelled the Democratic takeover of Congress - broad dissatisfaction with President Bush and the Iraq war, and a big move among the state's independent voters.
From the 2006 Virginia exit poll:
54 percent disapproval of George W. Bush
53 percent disapproval of war in Iraq
Independents split 56 to 44 percent in Webb's favor, marking the first time in available data back to 1994 that a Democrat won this group. Also a major swing from 2004 presidential election. (President Obama and John S. McCain split independents about evenly in 2008; in the 2009 governor's election, Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell won the independents who voted by a whopping 2-1 margin.)
| February 9, 2011; 12:21 PM ET
Categories: 2012 polls, Virginia | Tags: #VASEN, 2012 Senate polls, George Allen, James Webb, Jim Webb, Washington Post poll
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