Having high unfavorables going into an election year is already bad news. But when you’re trying to win over a new group of constituents due to redistricting? That’s even worse.
But that’s the situation long time Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa is in heading into 2012. Iowa redistricting means he’ll be answering to some new voters, and polling looks a little shaky already.
Via the Sioux City Journal:
A poll released April 22 by Public Policy Polling summarized queries of 1,100 Iowans in mid-April, and showed King is the least popular of the five current members of the U.S. House from Iowa. King was viewed favorably by 27 percent of those polled, 34 percent had a unfavorable view and 39 percent had no opinion.
One person paying close attentions to the numbers? Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, his potential challenger. And she already has a favorability rating almost ten points higher than the sitting congressman.
And if he keeps making comments about being more willing to debate her husband than debate her, the difference between those numbers are likely to continue to increase.