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As Democratic Race Tightens, Senator Clinton’s Job Approval Dips in Home State

SurveyUSA Breaking News - 02/21/08 11:00 AM

SurveyUSA has tracked the job approval rating of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton 35 times between May 2005 and February 2008. At no time had the percentage of New York adults approving of her job performance dipped below 60%; at no point had the percentage disapproving risen above 38%.

Today, however, Senator Clinton has a 56% approval rating and a 42% disapproval rating. Subtracting disapproval from approval yields a Net Job Approval of Plus 14 — higher, to be sure, than that of many other U.S. Senators tracked regularly by SurveyUSA, and right in line with New York’s senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, who is at Plus 15 today — but still the lowest we’ve seen for Senator Clinton, who was at Plus 22 last month, and at Plus 37 in October.

In November head-to-head matchups, in research conducted this past weekend, prior to word of the New York Times story on John McCain, Barack Obama significantly outpolled Clinton in her home state:

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Full results of the November matchups are here; research conducted for WABC-TV in New York, WHEC-TV in Rochester, and WNYT-TV in Albany.

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