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
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