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Dec 8, 2011- A Look at the W.Va. Political Lanscape Going Into 2012

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

A series of new polls released this week give some insight into voters' attitudes heading into 2012.

Mark Blankenship Enterprises is releasing data from recent polling on voters' attitudes in several of the key races in 2012. 

According to the poll, about 70 percent of voters believe Sen. Joe Manchin (D) deserves to be re-elected, compared to 21 percent who believe it's time for someone else to have his job.

A majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents all share the view that Manchin should get a full term in 2012. That's one of the key reasons there's virtually no buzz about potential challengers.

“These survey results underscore the strength and depth of Senator Manchin’s support across geographic, political and other demographic lines” said Mark Blankenship, CEO of MBE.

In a surprise to no one, President Barack Obama (D) can pretty much forget any chance of winning West Virginia's electoral votes in 2012. The poll finds only 27 percent of West Virginia voters believe he deserves to be re-elected. A whopping 62 percent believe someone else deserves the job. He only gets support from 41 percent of Democrats.

As for the state-level races, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) still maintains support from a plurality of voters.

Blankenship found 46 percent of voters believe he deserves to be re-elected. However, 39 percent believe someone else should get the job, while 23 percent are undecided.

Natalie Tennant (D) has more support, with 49 percent of voters feeling she should get another term. But, 28 percent of voters say they'd prefer someone else should have her job. Meanwhile, 23 percent are unsure.

“While a majority does not believe Governor Tomblin deserves to be re-elected, he and Secretary of State Tennant receive more support from the state’s voters than other statewide officials up for re-election next year” said Mark Blankenship, CEO of MBE.

Blankenship also found:

"When asked if they believe Attorney General McGraw deserves to be re-elected or if they believe it’s time to give someone new a chance, a 46 percent plurality say give someone new a chance. Just over one-third (36%) believe McGraw deserves re-election while 22 perecent are unsure. Independent voters are evenly divided on the questions 38 percent to 38 percent.

"Voters are nearly equally divided as to whether or not Treasurer John Perdue deserves re-election. While 34 percent believe it’s time to give someone new a chance, 31percent believe he deserves re-election. Half of those in Southern West Virginia believe he deserves re-election which is the area in which he receives the most support while 40% of those in the Charleston/Huntington media market say they prefer someone new."

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