Arizona Republicans Don't Hate John McCain That Much, According to Poll

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Despite what the state Republican party says, not every Republican voter in Arizona is grabbing a torch and pitchfork to go after U.S. Senator John McCain.

Although the state GOP censured McCain last month, poll results released today suggest that Republicans don't hate McCain all that much.

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According to the Behavior Research Center's Rocky Mountain Poll, 34 percent of Republicans think McCain's doing a good job, while 38 percent think he's not. About a quarter of Republicans thought he was doing "fair."

Not exactly a Republican consensus that McCain is horrible.

Meanwhile, independent voters were split, with 36 percent saying he's doing a good job, and another 36 percent saying he's not.

Even the Dems weren't that hard on him -- 31 percent said he's doing a good job, compared to 37 percent who said he's not.

Overall, 37 percent of the voters surveyed said McCain's doing a good job. That number was only 26 percent in April of last year.

Compare that with the 29 similar polls taken between 1997 and 2007, which all found 50 percent or more of people giving McCain a thumbs-up on his job performance.

Meanwhile, Senator Jeff Flake, who hasn't been censured by the state Republican party (yet?) didn't do that much better than McCain. Of Republicans 31 percent said Flake's doing a good job, while only 23 percent said he's not -- 30 percent were on the fence.

McCain hasn't said whether he's running for another term, but he's not due for re-election until 2016, when the senator turns 80 years old.

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pszymeczek
pszymeczek

Two other words - Sarah Palin.  McCain bears full responsibility for inflicting her on this nation.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

Two words RE: McCain - Charles Keating

budsan
budsan

They should love McCain, McCain is a warmonger that the Defense & Oil Industries own. He's anti women, gays, veterans, elderly, minorities, people of color, jobless, needy, sick, disadvantage, weak, poor, working poor and middle class. McCain is a loud vocal supporter of AZ racist immigration bill. He made a campaign commercial for himself, with a racist AZ sheriff, where they were standing by the border. When McCain stated, "well then lets build the (DANGED) fence"! McCain even voted against the MLK Holiday in 1988. John McCain's only concerns are tax breaks for the super extreme wealthy, large corporations even those who ship jobs overseas. Plus of course McCain's love for his wars and the killings that go with McCain's wars. McCain wants everything paid for on the backs of the poor. McCain is such a good pathological and compulsive liar that tells one blatant lie after another, that he has the Tea Party confused. McCain might speak like he has a open mind but he'll always vote with the extreme right wing. He has one of the most conservative voting records in the senate.


http://pol.moveon.org/mccain10/thanks.html?id=-17340335-0gXtorx

DNichols
DNichols

I think Mc Cain is a flip flop artist with zero convictions, however the current Arizona Republican party besides being infiltrated by Racists, Extremist, and Radical Kooks is mad a Mc Cain now because Mc Cain has tried to do his Job and reach accross the aisle and negotiate comprimise with Democrats to break the Decade long Grid Lock that has crippled our Nation.

The G.O.P. has accepted extremist Racist Tea Party Radicals into thier party like a cancer, the G.O.P. has lost its principles, and its way.

John Taylor
John Taylor

I like him. I'm a bleeding heart tree hugging liberal but the man has got some balls.

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

McCain has basically turned into the old crazy grandfather who waters his lawn in his open bathrobe and tighty whities while telling the neighborhood kids to keep it down even though there is no one making a sound. He needs to be in a home.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

HA!  I don't know where you got this information but it's certainly not true.  Republicans are calling for him to step down.  If he doesn't get recalled he would never in a million years be reelected again.  Jello-face is a disgrace not only to Arizona but to all of America!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

In Spain, the government is passing an anti-abortion bill that 70% of the population does not want.


One leader called for a secret ballot, so that the legislators would vote their consciences, instead of voting the way they wanted their backers to perceive them, but that was rejected.


Interesting idea, though.  On the one hand, we want our leaders to be accountable for the way they vote, but too often they vote stupidly just to look good to their idiot constituents.


Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

While I am no fan of McCain, this speaks to the exact problem with the Republican party, the people running it don't even listen to their own constituents, let alone anyone else.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Are they trying to suggest that Republicans (even Republicans in Arizona) aren't all right wing secessionist religious zealots who all think exactly alike and hold the same opinions on every topic?


How can that be?  Could so many Democrats be mistaken?


That last question really answers itself, doesn't it?


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@budsan  

He's cosponsored a bill that includes amnesty provisions, and said that 1070 should have included such provisions.  He co-sponsored a bill limiting subsidy payments to the wealthy.  I'm not sure how those square with your assessment.

budsan
budsan

@DNichols John McCain says nothing or does nothing unless it's beneficial to John McCain and John McCain only

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

Interesting how, within one sentence, you can berate him as a flip-flop artist and praise him for reaching across the aisle to compromise, attempting to cast the same attribute as negative because he possesses it and positive because other Republicans do not.


That's about as flip-floppy as possible.

 

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@DNichols


Your are right if you visit breitbart.com the mouth piece for the tea party one can see tons of racist posts, images, its the clearing house for the tea party lunatics!:-) A subsidiary of Fox and Friends since at bottom of their web page their only real sponsors is Fox and Friends, here in Tucson where I am at its a radio station 104.1 FM anchored by Jon Justice a fake name since he had to flee Michigan when he lost his job for a fake drowned dog hoax story that went south and got exposed!

budsan
budsan

What balls he rude, crude, mean and abrupt

budsan
budsan

Flake is McCain's stooge, puppet and dummy

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

No. McCain.


Flake is the OTHER senator for Arizona.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@robert_graham


Actually the resolution did not ask for McCain to step down. It was simply a formal statement that some folks in the Republican party don't like the way he is representing the party, as opposed to representing the people.


He WON'T be recalled, twit. You can take that to the bank.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative  "but too often they vote stupidly just to look good to their idiot constituents"


Clearly, as shown by this poll and others that is not the problem, the problem is they are voting the way their legal bribers want them too, rather than voting the way their constituents want them to vote.


In the end the problem is money and greed, like usual.

DNichols
DNichols

@ Valley

If you extract both the "Religious Zealots" (Mormons) that vote like zombie G.O.P.sheep, and the "Right Wing secssionists", (Neo Nazi's ,Nazi Huggers, and plain old Bigots)

Sad thing is, even the so called "Saints" are hugging, and babtizing Racist Hate Monger  Neo Nazi's.

What is left of the Arizona Republican Party?    C.O.2?!

Really?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative  The real question is how can the Arizona Republican party masters be so clueless as to what their constituents think and want.


That's the question that really answers itself.

budsan
budsan

@TommyCollins @robert_grahamThe GOP will never win a national election again if McCain is going to continue his worldwide tour trying to insight numerous wars and killings.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative 

It's probably a combination of misunderstanding their constituents and being greedy.   People with poor critical thinking skills judge groups based on the most vocal members, who tend to be assholes.  I wouldn't be surprised to find that a lot of politicians make the same mistakes about their constituency.

 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

If you had read and understood the article, you would have realized that it would very clearly leave a large percentage of registered Republicans.

 

budsan
budsan

@66rock @budsan@TommyCollins@robert_graham 

Good point Although I voted for Obama, what I was really doing was voting "against" McCain and Romney. I'm convinced had McCain became president we'd be in a nuclear war in day one of his presidency. I voted against Romney because of Romney's close relationship with McCain. I feared had Romney been elected he'd appoint McCain Sec of State or Defense. For one McCain isn't qualified for either office, He's a warmonger not a military or foreign affairs expect. Again with McCain you'll get wars, bombings, killings and senseless bloodshed.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@budsan @TommyCollins @robert_graham    They won't anyway because they never have an electable candidate for the highest office.  McCain and Romney  were both so weak again Obama.  This time around they still don't have anyone with Christy done for in New Jersey and no one else sane on the horizon. 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753  No


At best, which is not saying much, it's a willfull misunderstanding, which means in reality it's ignoring the constituents.


The information they need to know what their constituents are thinking is out there, but they have to be willing to search for it and accept the information.


The fact they keep getting it so wrong, clearly shows they don't care about their constituents.


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