Dem Pollster: GOP’s Blunt takes the lead in the Missouri Senate race 

Looks like Obamacare isn’t doing Democrats in Missouri any favors:

Missouri voters continue to be unhappy with Barack Obama and his health care plan and that’s helped Roy Blunt to take the lead in the US Senate race.

Blunt is up 45-41 on Robin Carnahan, but that result probably has more to do with how the state feels about Barack Obama than it does about the candidates themselves. Voters who approve of Obama are voting for Carnahan by an 84-6 margin. Voters who disapprove of Obama are voting for Blunt 80-6. The problem for Carnahan is that a 52% majority of voters in the state fall in the disapprove column when it comes to the President compared to only 43% who think he’s doing a good job.

Blunt’s advantage comes thanks to a 47-35 lead with independents and also because Republicans are remarkably unified. He leads Carnahan 84-1 with his party’s voters. The controversy over health care is helping to keep GOP voters on the same page, as they oppose the plan signed into law last week by a 93-1 margin. Overall 54% of voters in the state are against it with 37% in support, and 51% think Republicans should work to repeal it compared to 42% who believe the party should let it stand.

The crazy thing is that the poll also notes that Blunt has worse favorable/unfavorable ratings than Carnahan — and he’s still pulling ahead. Voters must really, really not like what’s going on under the Democrats’ watch.

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