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Mark Warner: The Teflon Senator?

How does Mark Warner do it?

Despite an increasing national fatigue with Democrats and a more Republican-friendly electorate in Virginia, the Democratic governor-turned-senator continues to receive incredibly high approval ratings.

In a Washington Post poll released this week, 68 percent of registered voters approved of Warner's job performace (31 percent of them strongly).

By comparison, Virginia's two other statewide Democrats, Tim Kaine and Jim Webb, have approval rating of 55 and 51 among registered voters, respectively.

The poll shows Warner remains unbelievably popular among voters regardless of race, sex, religion or geography.

He has the support of 82 percent of those who call themselves Democrats (that's expected) and 65 percent of independents (are these the people he is looking to get on board with that line about being a radical centrist?). But he also has the support of 53 percent of Republicans, which means more than half the people in the opposing party think he is doing a good job.

And take a look at this: He has the support of 79 percent of those who calls themselves liberal, 72 percent of moderates and 53 percent of conservatives. That means the man who is blamed for orchestrating the largest tax increase in Vrginia history is supported by more than half of the people who typically oppose tax increases.

Now, we know how Warner left the governor's mansion with record-high approval ratings and last year received more votes than any politician in state history in his senate race.

-with Jennifer Agiesta

By Anita Kumar  |  August 20, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
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Warner did great things as Governor and earned his popularity.

Unfortunately he's now unwilling to use that popularity to take risks to actually help solve the nations problems. He'd rather save it for some future endeavor.

Posted by: Sam27 | August 20, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Where has Warner been on any of the major issues facing us- the bailouts, car industry, financial/bank collapse, and health care? He said he wanted my support (I'm an indepedent) so he could go to Washington and not be partisan and shake things up- last I read he's voted with the Dems over 93% of the time.

He's avoided taking stands on any of these big issues, whereas someone like Webb, while you might not like what he says, takes stands and takes hits w/ his popularity as a result- but he gets stuff done.

Is Warner hosting a townhall like other Senators and Congressmen... or is he having pre-screened gatherings and phone conferences? The sooner he realizes that his Presidential aspirations will likely not pan out, he might just decide to be a really good Senator, a 'radical centrist', like he promised on the campaign trail.

Posted by: ChrisD4 | August 21, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Mark Warner is one of the most two-faced politicians anyone will ever meet. One day he'll walk into a business group meeting and tell them what they want to hear and then go into a liberal group meeting and do the exact same thing.

The reason his popularity is so high is that he hasn't done anything. He hasn't take one major stand on an issue.

Ask him about the Employee Free Choice Act. It is IMPOSSIBLE to get an answer out of him. Seriously, ask him will you vote in favor of EFCA in its current form?

You get a lot of "Well, we need to, blah blah blah crap."

Senator, the answer is simple. YES OR NO!

Posted by: DCGuy79 | August 21, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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