Earlier this week WisPolitics reported a poll showing JB Van Hollen with a 29 percent favorable rating among likely voters. Only 20% gave Van Hollen an unfavorable rating. Not surprisingly, the remaining 51% were unable to identify Van Hollen as Attorney General. Mellman group PDF available here.
Of voters able to identify Van Hollen, those who assess his performance as negative nearly double those with a positive assessment. How more likely voters rated Van Hollen favorable as opposed to unfavorable but ranked his job performance negative, I can’t explain. Maybe a lot of people personally like the guy, just not how he’s doing (or not doing) his job. I’ll take an explanation from any of you geniuses out there.
WisPolitics describes the polling firm, The Mellman Group as “Dem-leaning” although SourceWatch claims Mellman “has done polling jointly with Republican-associated firm Public Opinion Strategies.” The Van Hollen campaign dismisses the report as having “zero credibility.” The disparity between favorability and job performance ratings suggests the campaign is right.
Regardless I want this poll to jump start Scott Hassett’s campaign. He held his first fundraiser the day the poll was released, but still lacks a website.
Get your name out there Hassett, Van Hollen is going to jump all over you for resigning your DNR job, no matter how legitimate the motive was. Campaign attacks aside, Wisconsin needs an Attorney General that will actually defend laws the legislature passes, not attack them beforehand. I’m pulling for you Scott.