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New Poll Shows Joe Wilson Is Vulnerable After “You Lie” Outburst

by @ 5:17 pm on September 11, 2009. Filed under Joe Wilson, Politicos & Pundits, Politics


A new poll shows that Joe Wilson may end up paying a price for heckling the President on Wednesday:

In a matter of seconds Wednesday night Joe Wilson went from being pretty safe for reelection to one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents in the country.

Wilson trails Democratic challenger Rob Miller 44-43 in a PPP survey conducted Thursday night and Friday morning. Last year Wilson defeated Miller 54-46.

62% of voters in SC-2 disapprove of Wilson’s actions while just 29% think they were ok. By a 48-41 margin Republicans think what he did was fine, but independents are opposed to it by a 66/25 margin and Democrats are 84/10.

While there is a pretty strong consensus among respondents that the way Wilson expressed his opinion is inappropriate, they are almost evenly divided about whether the substance of his comment was correct. 42% think that Obama was lying when he said illegal immigrants wouldn’t be covered by his health care plans, while 46% think he was telling the truth.

Overall 49% of voters say they are less likely to vote for Wilson in the future because he called Obama a liar, while 35% say they are more likely to do so. 56% of Republicans say that Wilson’s calling out the President makes them more likely to support him.

And his opponent has now raised over $ 1,000,000, all of it since 8:40pm on Wednesday.

Wilson is getting a lot of press coverage after this outburst, but he may well come to regret it.

Full poll results here.

One Response to “New Poll Shows Joe Wilson Is Vulnerable After “You Lie” Outburst”

  1. Bryan Pick says:

    I could be wrong, but I think the negative effects will wear off with time. The iron’s still hot right now, but the election is far, far away. They can run that moment in ads as the election approaches, but the shock/novelty of it will be gone.

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