Arkansas: Poll Shows Trouble for Snyder Next Year

Posted November 16, 2009 at 6:13pm

After winning re-election with ease over the past decade, Rep. Vic Snyder (D) may be in for the toughest race of his Congressional career, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Monday.

In hypothetical matchups against three little-known Republican opponents, Snyder was in a statistical tie, according to PPP, a Democratic firm based in North Carolina.

He led Little Rock attorney Tim Griffin, who appears to be the choice of national party leaders, 44 percent to 43 percent. Snyder was ahead of restaurant owner Scott Wallace 44 percent to 42 percent and led GOP activist David Meeks 45 percent to 42 percent.

The survey of 400 2nd district voters was conducted Nov. 11-13 and has a 5-point margin of error.

The poll also found that Snyder’s job approval rating has fallen under the crucial 50 percent threshold. Just 42 percent said they approve of the job that he’s doing, while 46 percent disapprove.

That low approval number may have something to do with Snyder’s support of the health care legislation that the House passed last week. Just 32 percent of those surveyed supported the bill that Snyder voted for, while 55 percent of voters — and more than two-thirds of independents — oppose the bill.

President Barack Obama won 44 percent in the district last November, but the PPP poll found just 41 percent approve of the job the president is doing.

The National Republican Congressional Committee put Snyder’s Little Rock-based district on its early target list this cycle and has run multiple radio ads in the district in the past 11 months in an attempt to soften up the seven-term Congressman.

Snyder, who refuses to raise money in the off year for his re-election effort, reported less than $8,000 in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.