Aug 16, 2010
With the congressional midterms approaching and President Obama’s approval numbers in negative territory, questions are hanging about his effect on the races.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Will Obama’s agenda help or hurt Democratic candidates in tough races? Will he travel to campaign for them? Will they want to be seen with him, and will his presence do more harm or good?
Those are questions to be answered on a case-by-case basis, but National Journal and Pew have released a poll finding that, on the whole, it neither helps nor hurts for Obama to campaign for Democrats in House races.
Among independents, however, a visit from the president would make them less likely to vote for a candidate, by eight percentage points: