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Joe Manchin sees drop in approval rating in latest poll

Sen. Joe Manchin's approval rating has dipped almost 20 points over the last two years, according to a new poll.

A recent survey by the Raleigh, N.C.-based firm Public Policy Polling found 46 percent of state voters approve of Manchin's job performance

The survey was conducted last week, polling 1,110 West Virginia voters through an automated telephone survey. The study's margin of error is 2.9 percent.

Compare those results to a Public Policy Polling study from 2011, which found 61 percent of respondents approved of Manchin's work.

Support remains strong for Manchin's proposal to require background checks for guns purchased at gun shows and on the Internet. Sixty-seven percent of voters said they supported requiring background checks for all gun purchases, while 23 percent opposed such a law.

Thirty-three percent of voters said they would be more likely to vote for Manchin if he supported background checks, while 29 percent said supporting the law would make them less likely to vote for Manchin. Thirty-two percent said it wouldn't make a difference.

The poll also found it could be incredibly difficult for a Democrat presidential candidate to gain the Mountain State's support.

According to the results, 52 percent of voters would prefer Republican Jeb Bush over former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president, with 38 percent supporting Clinton.

Poll results show Clinton would also lose to other potential Republican candidates, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Sen. Paul Ryan.  

Clinton won West Virginia's nomination for president in the 2008 Democratic primary, although most of the rest of the country went for President Barack Obama. West Virginia voters overwhelmingly supported Republican John McCain for president in 2008, and most voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Obama remains deeply unpopular in West Virginia.

Public Policy Polling results released on Tuesday show only 28 percent of state voters approve of the president's job performance.

According to poll results released Wednesday, 49 percent of state voters support impeaching the president (37 percent oppose impeachment) and 40 percent support shutting down the government unless the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, is defunded.

Thirty-seven percent oppose a government shutdown, while 23 percent aren't sure.


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