|Senator Richard Lugar|
Those numbers reveal extraordinary vulnerability for Lugar. Even though it is a poll commissioned by the Lugar people, he doesn't even score 50% in his own party despite 35 years in the Senate. Lugar only gets 45% of the support despite having 100% name ID. Also, the fact that 23% of Republican primary voters are "undecided" about his re-election is troublesome for the Senator. The fourteen point lead is nothing given the election is nine months away.
What I find stunning is that the Lugar people actually feel this is a good poll for them and were eager to release it in light of the Basswood Research poll commissioned by the pro-Mourdock Club for Growth which showed Mourdock leading Lugar 34-32. Any objective political analyst would look at that poll and conclude the 35 year incumbent was very vulnerable.
Mike O'Brien writing for the pro-Lugar Capitol and Washington blog, however, sums up the results this way:
Senator Lugar’s campaign is resonating with primary voters. His support and job approval have improved since the beginning of the year, even in light of a major attack ad campaign against him immediately preceding this poll.
I'm sure Mike knows enough about politics to know that he is doing nothing but spin. That is clearly not a good poll for Lugar.
Mourdock’s campaign has garnered no momentum. His support equals Lugar’s negatives and has not grown beyond that point.
State Treasurer Richard Mourdock
On his blog Advance Indiana, Gary Welsh further highlights how off the mark the pro-Lugar spin is, concluding:
Interestingly, Lugar's campaign is spinning the American Viewpoint numbers as an indication his message is resonating with voters even though his poll numbers have dropped markedly over those cited by his campaign just months ago. Before Mourdock launched his campaign, Lugar's campaign released poll numbers indicating that Lugar was more popular than virtually any Indiana politician, including Gov. Mitch Daniels, with 66% of all voters viewing him favorably and only 19% viewing him unfavorably.Exactly. Senator Richard Lugar is in trouble and his own poll reveals it.