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Poll: Snyder’s approval rating 42 percent

A new poll suggests U.S. Rep Vic Snyder could face a tough re-election fight next year.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Public Policy Polling’s survey of 400 voters in Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District found that 42 percent approve of Snyder’s job performance, compared to 46 percent who disapprove.

The poll also showed the Democratic incumbent leading three potential Republican opponents by only slight margins — margins that are smaller than the poll’s 4.9 percent margin of error.

Snyder, first elected to the U.S. House in 1996, did not draw a Republican challenger in 2008.

Other statistics from the poll: 54 percent of voters in Snyder’s district disapprove of the job congressional Democrats are doing; 52 percent disapprove of Barack Obama’s job performance; 50 percent say congressional Democrats are too liberal; and 55 percent say they’re opposed to the health care bill the House passed last week with Snyder’s support.

“Snyder seems to be bearing the brunt of a lot of animosity toward national Democrats in his district,” the pollsters said in their report on the results.

Not all Democrats fared poorly, however. The poll showed that 70 percent of voters in the 2nd Congressional District approve of Gov. Mike Beebe’s job performance, compared to 20 percent who disapprove.

The telephone poll was conducted Nov. 11-13.


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