The DSCC and the Rice campaign just released a poll that confirmed what we’ve known all along – that once Oklahomans get to know Andrew Rice and hear his message of putting people before politics, they support him.
Benenson Strategy Group Poll (8/12-8/14, +/- 4%)
More good news below the fold.
Andrew Rice is within single digits of Jim Inhofe, and that’s not the only good news.
The difference between these numbers and those taken in June, a few weeks before we went up on TV, is dramatic. Sen. Rice’s numbers jumped eight points, while Sen. Inhofe fell three points. Undecided voters are breaking our way, and Sen. Inhofe’s support is weakening.
More good news? Sen. Inhofe has already run a series of TV ads, and our last poll was taken in the middle of his ad buy. But even after running a month of positive ads, Sen. Inhofe’s numbers didn’t move up. In fact, his favorability rating fell, his unfavorables rose, and his job approval rating is the worst it’s been since our campaign began.
For the first time in the course of our race, Jim Inhofe’s job disapproval rating is lower than his approval (46% Approve; 47% Disapprove). More and more Oklahomans are realizing that after 22 years in Washington, Jim Inhofe has lost his way. He’s not putting Oklahomans first; he’s voting in line with his party and for the benefit of special interests that have filled his campaign war chest.
And we still have room to move. In our last poll, Sen. Rice’s name ID was only 29%. It’s now at 52%. For those who know Sen. Rice enough to form an opinion of him, their opinion is 3:1 favorable over unfavorable. Again, we’ve known it all along – when Oklahoma voters get to know Andrew Rice, they support him.
We went head-to-head with Sen. Inhofe on TV, and we more than halved his lead over Andrew Rice.
The movement we’ve been building over the months – with your enthusiasm and your support behind us – is starting to pay off. We have a tremendous opportunity to win in Oklahoma, to retire a lifetime politician, and to send Andrew Rice to the U.S. Senate.
...But we’ll continue to need your help. Spread the word about today’s poll numbers and about Andrew Rice. Donate what you can to help us continue to get our message out. Help us keep fighting to put people before politics, and we will win in November.