Badey Poll: Meehan’s 20 Point Lead Shrinking

Voter support for Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) is shrinking according to an internal poll from his challenger, George Badey. Although Rep. Meehan currently leads Badey by a margin of 50 to 30, the poll indicated that this gap was largely based on name recognition and voters favor Badey 41 to 38 after hearing Meehan’s record on Medicare and women’s health.

The poll also indicated an overall lack of enthusiasm among voters toward Meehan in District Seven, with 28 percent saying he deserved re-election and 38 percent saying that someone new deserved a chance.

As with any internal poll, the results should be taken with a grain of salt. Campaigns typically release the numbers either to boost fundraising or to demonstrate campaign viability, or both. In Badey’s case, the race has been largely overlooked by the southeast PA press – until his campaign released this poll.

The numbers made an appearance in his latest fundraising email, too.

“The poll numbers are in and the people have spoken. Pat Meehan is on thin ice. Only 28% of voters approve of what Pat Meehan has been doing while in office,” Badey wrote.

“The fact is the 7th Congressional District wants a new Congressman. One who will fight for their interests: Medicare, education, and good paying jobs.”

Meehan campaign spokeswoman Virginia Davis dismissed the numbers.

“Partisan pollsters can find any result they’re looking for with the right questions,” she said, though she suggested that Meehan’s initial 20 point lead was believable.

“Instead of wasting time playing politics with cooked push polls, Congressman Meehan is focusing on creating jobs and strengthening the economy for 7th district families.”

Badey’s poll indicated an advantage in the district for other Democrats, with President Obama leading Mitt Romney 48 to 41, including a 23 point advantage among independents in the district. Sen. Bob Casey fared even better, leading his opponent, Tom Smith, by a margin of 51 to 37 percent.

Conducted Gerstein, Bocian and Agne Strategies, the poll surveyed 400 voters in the 7th via live dials and had a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

Here’s the full memo:

Badey Poling Memo, 6-8-12

June 11th, 2012 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Poll, Top Stories | 10 Comments

10 thoughts on “Badey Poll: Meehan’s 20 Point Lead Shrinking”

  1. Barry Blundin says:

    I will be looking for Meehan’s position on energy policy this cycle. That will be my tipping point theis time around. It is time to get big oil out of my pockets.

  2. Kirby says:

    Meehan’s basically rolling on name-recognition. If that’s all he’s got this early: he’s toast.

  3. Jim Beam, on Rocks says:

    Sue — what election were you watching? Meehan won, like Gerlach, by double-digits, in districts far less GOP-friendly than the one they have now. Meehan’s opponent, Lentz, was a much stronger candidate than Manny Trevedi, and as a respected state rep, had a natural base of support. Badey has shown no ability to take the fight to the enemy and win like Boockvar has in Bucks. He’s toast.

  4. sue says:

    meehan is a hack who barely won in a very r year and with a huge amount of money from outside our district flooding the airwaves and mailboxes.

    he never deserved election and has completely failed to represent the interests of our district

  5. Adam says:

    I hate when braindead political spokespeople throw around the words “push poll”. Push polls are a very specific dirty trick. There is no evidence that this poll is a push poll. This is clearly a typical benchmark poll that all challengers do around this time. Virginia Davis either doesn’t know what a push poll is, or she deliberately made a baseless accusation. Either way, it’s unbecoming a US Congressman’s spokesperson.

  6. Jim says:

    The media definitely does need to start following this race more closely! Meehan’s 50-30 advantage is basically just on name recognition. Once the media shines the light on Mr. Meehan’s record, it is obvious that he does not work for the middle class but the 1% and the tea party!

  7. Shaun Green says:

    This is great for the Badey campaign. For Meehan to be this soft in his district is a plus for the challenger. Name recognition alone will not win you re-election if your favorability crumbles after just two questions about your voting record.

  8. Rick Grimes says:

    I can believe that only 28% want to give Meehan another chance. He a two-faced politician, and I can honestly say that I would support just about anyone against him

  9. Brutus says:

    You know your campaign for Congress is in trouble when you release a statement saying your’re ONLY down 20 points.

  10. Jared says:

    The survey memo notably omits the wording of the summaries given for Meehan’s voting record. For all we know, the poll asked something like, “If you knew that Pat Meehan voted to end Medicare as we know it…”

    Leaked internal polls are suspect as it is. When they include these sort of prompts, I’m not sure if they’re even worth reporting.

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