We noted this on the weekend roundup, but it’s worth pointing out again: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) is in serious trouble winning a second-term in the heavily-Democratic Bay State.
His approval rating, according to a new Boston Globe/UNH poll, is down to 36 percent, with a 52 percent majority of voters disapproving. Patrick’s job approval rating is even worse, with a 35/56 fav/unfav rating.
His approval rating among independent voters is in very dangerous territory, with 68 percent disapproving of his job performance, with only 16 percent approving. Nearly two-third of voters (62 percent) reject the premise that Patrick has “brought reform to Beacon Hill.”
He is virtually tied with two prospective Republican challengers – former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charles Baker and former independent nominee Christy Mihos – and against Democrat-turned-Independent state Treasurer Timothy Cahill.
Patrick is merely the latest hotshot Democratic governor who has seen his fortunes fall with the declining economy. For most of his first term, Gov. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio) had the Midas touch in Ohio, but now is running neck-and-neck against Republican John Kasich. Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) has enjoyed strong public support during his nearly seven years in office, but the state’s budget woes have plunged his approval ratings into the 30s – the lowest in his governorship.
Add Wisconsin’s Jim Doyle (43 percent approval) and Colorado’s Bill Ritter (44 percent approval rating) to the list of vulnerables, and Republicans could be a looking at many promising gubernatorial pickup opportunities for 2010 – not to mention the two races for the GOP in the 2009 off-year elections, where polls currently show the Republican nominees in the lead.