In concluding that Arizona’s senior senator, John McCain is beating the socks off of conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth, Earl de Berge, of the Arizona-based Behavior Research Center claims to have called 800 heads of households, although basing the polling sample on “666 voters” statewide.
de Berge has a reputation for being left-of-center.
The results can be read here.
Meanwhile, Public Policy Polling (PPP) reports quite differently, with a headline titled: McCain’s numbers plummet, regarding his challenge from the right by J.D. Hayworth.
Republican primary voters in Arizona expressed dissatisfaction with John McCain as a majority indicate he’s too lenient on immigration and a plurality saying he’s too liberal in general. The poll found that a majority — 45 percent of voters — disapprove of his job performance, while a majority — 43 percent –think he is too liberal. A majority — 53 percent — think he is too lenient on illegal immigration.
55% of voters disapprove of McCain compared to just 34% who give him good marks. When PPP polled Arizonans in September he was at a positive 48/42 approval spread. Since then, he’s dropped 27 points on the margin.