FDU PublicMind has a new poll out. If your name rhymes with “Rick Dimmer”; then it might just be bad enough news to make you cry.
With under a month to go before the election, 35% of respondants had never heard of the Generic Republican Opponent (GRO). That included 23% of Republicans. Only 17% of voters had a favorable opinion of the GRO. 36% had heard of him, but had no opinion.
That makes two-thirds of the respondants who had either not heard of the GRO or didn’t know what to think of him. The only thing things could get worse would be, as they say in Louisiana, he were caught in bed with a dead woman or a live boy.
If the election were held today, Lautenberg would get 50% of the vote (including leaners) to 34% for the GRO. While this is sure to be news that makes our senior Senator relax on weekends, the problem is that… well, it makes him relax on weekends. I haven’t even seen a yardsign. The net effect of that is to stunt any sort of coattails Barack Obama might get started at the top of the ballot.
I’ve not been overly impressed with the campaign Linda Stender has run this year – especially considering how strong she ran in ’06. But John Adler is working hard, as is Dennis Shulman. Josh Zeitz and Dave Kurkowski and Tom Wyka are all working their butts off, and they could use support from the top of the ticket. But they aren’t getting it – and it looks like they may as well give up on any hope that they will.