Poll reveals Bredesen would beat Corker in U.S. Senate race

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 2:27pm

Sen. Bob Corker would win re-election easily against Al Gore, Jim Cooper, Harold Ford or country crooner Tim McGraw, but lose to Phil Bredesen, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.

The poll from Raleigh, N.C.-based Public Policy Polling found Corker beating Gore 53 percent to 38 percent; Ford 55-32; Cooper 50-32; and McGraw 50-28.

Bredesen defeats Corker in a hypothetical contest in the poll — 46 percent to 41 percent.

Bredesen said before leaving the governor’s office in January that he has no interest in the Senate or in running for any public office for that matter.

“Bob Corker’s in a pretty strong position for reelection unless Phil Bredesen runs,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling.

Poll analyst Tom Jensen described Corker’s overall approval rating — 42 percent — as “pretty average” for a senator, but good enough to win re-election in Tennessee. Bredesen’s approval rating is more than 20 points higher, with 63 percent of voters holding a positive opinion of him. Corker is up for re-election in 2012.

“In a state that’s trended increasingly red over the last few years, average popularity is probably going to get you re-elected as a Republican incumbent,” Jensen said.

Among Republicans, 62 percent give Corker good marks while 57 percent of Democrats think he’s doing poorly. Independents are split nearly even with 43 percent with a positive opinion and 41 percent with a negative one.

In the statewide poll, Congressman Cooper’s approval rating was only 25 percent, with 53 percent unsure of what to think about him.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 500 Tennessee voters from Feb. 9-13. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percent.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Nitzche on 2/15/11 at 3:31


By: govskeptic on 2/16/11 at 6:48

He could always giving it the go signal and check these polls
supported and sponsored by interest groups?

By: treehugger7 on 2/16/11 at 7:31

What?! Can you say that in English? I notice most republicans don't have a grasp of the english language...

By: foxman on 2/16/11 at 9:00

Treehugger? Why dont you move to Berkley & live up in the trees at the football stadium with the other freaks?

By: airvols on 2/16/11 at 9:42

GM will not reopen a plant in Tennessee because of loud mouth Corker opening his trap two years ago. He has also made it clear he is only interested in Chattanooga boosting what goes on down there. I hope Bredesen runs!

By: pswindle on 2/16/11 at 1:00

Please Gov, Bredesen, we really need you. Corker has been a nothing from day one. He is weak and he does not care about the people of TN. I hope TN wakes up and elect the best qualified man for the job. Alenxadria is next on the list. TN is great for the work of the men you mentioned that Corker could beat. You need to check and see what these good men have done for TN befor you start mouthing off about something that you do not know about. I wonder, is TN proud of George Bush? What a better nation we would have if TN had gone for Gore. We would not be in two wars for a starter. I hope you have seen that poor showing of Bush talking about a mushroom cloud.

By: GUARDIAN on 2/17/11 at 1:11

GUARDIAN-ROFLMFAO sure he would. hahahahahahaha But Corker may not make it in his own primary. Democrat and republican progressives are finished everywhere but New York city and other large evil cites of the north and communist west coast.

By: foxman on 2/17/11 at 8:53

AL Gore is a fraud but he is laughing all the way to the bank while getting rich off his junk science.