When evaluating a candidate’s chances of winning re-election, measuring their approval ratings is usually a good starting point.
Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is one of the most politicized and prominent figures for Democrats, particularly because of how outspoken she is against President Trump.
In a new Morning Consult poll released Tuesday, Warren’s approval ratings have steadily declined over the past year, whereas Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s approvals have him ranked as one of the nation’s most popular governors.
Between January and March of 2017, nearly 2,500 eligible voters participated in an online poll discussing the candidates up for re-election in Massachusetts in 2018.
The poll showed that Gov. Baker had a 75 percent approval rating for his performance, compared to a 17 percent disapproval rating.
Baker’s high approvals could foretell a political shift in the blue state of Massachusetts given that Warren’s numbers have steadily dropped.
Just 56 percent of the respondent’s in the poll approved of Warren’s performance, compared to 38 percent who disapproved of it.
In April of 2016, Warren’s approval ratings were at 61 percent with just 27 percent disapproving of her performance.
While Warren has only slipped marginally in her approvals, another poll released in January indicated that 46 percent of voters in Massachusetts want to vote Warren out of office when she is up for re-election in 2018.
As reported by The Hill in January:
Forty-six percent of all voters told WBUR they should “give someone else a chance,” compared to 44 percent who said Warren should be reelected.
Steve Koczela — president of The MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey — said the numbers shouldn’t be “reassuring” for Warren, who is up for reelection in 2018.
“No one’s going to look at a 44 percent reelect number and think that that’s a good number,” he told WBUR.
Roughly a third of Democrats told WBUR that someone else should be given a shot at Warren’s seat. Ninety two percent of Republicans also want someone else besides Warren, a liberal favorite in the Senate, as well as 46 percent of independent voters.
The polling also shows that the problem is Elizabeth Warren, not the entire state becoming more red politically.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), Warren’s counterpart, received a 55 percent approval rating in the same Morning Consult poll.
In Massachusetts, it appears the people are growing tired of Elizabeth Warren’s antics.
Time will tell if she can save face and win re-election, but Republicans won’t fret one bit over her being ousted.