Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) had an approval rating of less than 50 percent but still led two potential Republican challengers in a new survey released Wednesday on the 2010 Senate race.
The automated survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling showed that 45 percent of voters approved of the job Lincoln is doing while 40 percent disapproved. PPP noted that Lincoln had particular trouble with voters who described themselves as independents. That group gave her a 31 percent/50 percent approval/disapproval rating.
The survey of 600 Arkansas voters was conducted March 20-22 and had a 4-point margin of error.
Despite the average approval numbers, the poll showed Lincoln ahead of two potential Republican challengers in hypothetical matchups. Lincoln edged former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin 46 percent to 38 percent and outperformed state Sen. Gilbert Baker by a more comfortable 48 percent to 37 percent, according to the PPP survey.