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Post Poll Preview: Virginians Like Their U.S. Senators

Steve Fehr

First term Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) is popular among Virginians who know him, according to a Washington Post poll to be published tomorrow.

The poll will cover Virginians' views on next year's U.S. Senate and presidential races. It also has favorability ratings of various politicians, including Webb and retiring Sen. John W. Warner.

The poll showed 50 percent of Virginia voters approve of Webb, 27 disapprove and nearly a quarter, 22 percent, don't know enough about him to rate his first year.

He's popular among Democrats (67 approve, 17 disapprove, 15 percent have no opinion). Independents are also positive (49-25-26), while Republicans are split evenly (36-40-24).

Warner's ratings reflect the fact he's better known and has more universal appeal. He gets high ratings across the board. Sixty five percent approve, 22 percent disapprove and 14 percent have no opinion.

Among Republicans, 67 percent approve. Sixty two percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats also approve of the job he's doing.

The Post poll was conducted by telephone, Oct. 4 to 8, among a random sample of 1,144 Virginia adults, including 993 registered voters. The results from the full poll have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

By Steve Fehr  |  October 11, 2007; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  James Webb , Polls , Tim Craig  
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yes, among those that know him, problem is the maojority of voters don't and are sorry they voted for him. he has been a disappointment from the get go.
he is just lile moran(or moron as I call him) useless.

Posted by: dwight | October 10, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Dwight, the article says that 22% of the voters don't know Jim Webb. To say that "the majority of voters don't" know Webb would require that number to be over 50%.

Webb is doing a great job and the majority knows that.

Posted by: Wally | October 11, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

the great thing about webb is that you get a republican and a democrat at the same time or at least ten fifteen minutes apart

Posted by: Bobby | October 11, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

no wally, all they know about webb is what moveon and pelosi have said, but the truth is, webb has failed to live up to anyones expectations and has proven time and time again that he has no class.
what has webb done for virginia lately?

Posted by: Dwight | October 11, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I know Jim Webb and this is why I did NOT vote for him. He is every bit a disappointment in office as he was on the campaign trail. How many voted in the poll?

Posted by: June | October 11, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Webb, as a freshman senator has had great visibility since being elected. He stands up for what is right and honorable. He is representing Virginians well.

And I suppose Dwight would be happier to have the "Sex Sting Senator- Lavatory Larry?"

Posted by: NoVa | October 11, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

We'd be so lucky to have a Senator as knowledgeable, forthright and hard-working as Virginia's junior Senator. He's out there proposing the right legislation to solve the morass that Dear Leader has gotten us into. Keep up the good work Jim.

Posted by: Miami, Florida | October 11, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Dwight's math is a lot like Bush and Cheney's - whom he no doubt supports with the rest of their minority (or majority in Dwight's math).

Posted by: NoVa | October 11, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

What's more interesting here are Warner's numbers. Although an announced retirement may present rose-colored glasses, the high, even levels of support among the party identifiers speak very highly of him (his popularity across the board approaches Webb's popularity among Dems).

Posted by: Richmond | October 11, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

How has Webb been a disappointment? He certainly hasn't been for me. And Dwight, 50 percent approve of Webb. Your remark, "among those who know him" makes it seem like only those who personally know him approve of him. And Webb has failed to live up to *anyone's* expectations, yet he has 50% approval? Funny guy, Dwight.

Posted by: Tom | October 11, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

While I might draw my Iraq lines in a slightly different place than Senator Webb, I respect his views. He is doing what he campaigned on. That part is refreshing.

But try to contact his office for help on other matters. A total non-response. What other substantive legislation has Webb been handling? Nothing. Jim Webb is no Chuck Robb. He is no George Allen, who at least responded to constituent requests. Effectively, Virginia has one US Senator -- John Warner. Webb is a one-issue wonder. South Dakota has received more help from Senator Johnson, who has been seriously ill, than Virginia gets from Jim Webb.

Webb just happened to be at the right spot when George Allen imploded. But that's a far cry from what is needed in Washington.

Posted by: Middle of the Road | October 11, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Dwight, you moran!

Posted by: Rush | October 11, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Webb is doing well as a freshman senator. His attempt to require a minimum period in between Iraq deployments was a very good idea. The fact that the Bush administration opposed it shows just how much W "supports" the troops.

I have contacted Webb's office several times and have received a response each time. I did the same with Allen and never received a response. Although I haven't always agreed with Webb, he is certainly more representative of Virgina than Allen, a phony LA cowboy who tried to use Virginia as a stepping stone to the White House.

Posted by: Bob2003 | October 11, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Dwight ... only kidding. Actually, a big fan. Never miss an episode of "The Office"

Posted by: Rush | October 11, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Wally, The poll said that 22% of the people polled said they didn't know enough about him to form an opinion. The poll only covered about a tenth of a percent of Virginia voters, so technically what Dwight said could still be correct.

Posted by: Scott | October 11, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Webb was standing there during the election and run up. He was the lesser of two evils, face it. And no, he hasn't done much, and doesn't reply to email inquiries like Allen (did) Warner and Wolf. I mean, where is he? If he's about the war, fine, but there's more to being a Senator than a single issue.

Posted by: Standing There | October 11, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Webb is a wimp

Posted by: WebbAboutGrahamVisitToIraqItItwasADogAndPonyShow | October 11, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm very happy with Webb's service so far. Exactly as expected, no surprises -- except for the August FISA legislation, which was a misstep.

In terms of legislation Webb has actually done quite a bit of work as a Freshman Senator introducing measures on dwell-time for the military; a "Don't bomb Iran without Congressional Approval measure" currently in the Senate; funding for HBCU's in coordination with John Warner; chairing a committee hearing on the explosion of the domestic prison industry; working with several other Freshman Senators to investigate contractor waste, fraud, and abuse in Iraq -- to name just a few items. Not bad work for a newcomer to the Washington federal scene.

I agree with Middle of the Road in reference to the responsiveness of Webb's office. While I don't think Allen's office was any better; I would say in comparison to John Warner, Webb's people need to step their game up quite a bit. John Warner's staff has set the gold standard for responsiveness to constituents -- some good lessons to be learned from him in this regard.

In terms of the strong negative opinions here, these will always be a fact of Webb's stay in the Senate. Unlike John Warner, Webb has entered politics at a time of extreme polarization; and he replaced a Senator who was a highly polarizing figure. I am sure there will be many who will never forgive Webb for beating out Allen in a close election in 2006. This just seems to be a sad reality of the contemporary political scene.

Posted by: JP2 | October 11, 2007 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm proud to have voted for him.

Posted by: keirreva | October 12, 2007 6:26 AM | Report abuse

It's really easy to see how Webb has done nothing as a U.S. Senator... if you are closeminded and do no research for yourself.

Webb 2006
Warner 2008

Viginia is going blue, baby!

Posted by: Jeff | October 12, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hello, nice site :)

Posted by: Brin | December 3, 2007 6:29 AM | Report abuse

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