The details of the recent national SurveyUSA poll are starting to come out, and here's the latest: Gordon Smith ranks #61 in popularity among the 100 U.S. Senators - with a below-average approval (52%) rating and an above-average disapproval (34%) rating.
By comparison, Senator Ron Wyden ranks #32 - with an above-average approval (58%) and a below-average disapproval (28%).
Digging into the details, there are some interesting tidbits:
* Unlike many Republicans, Gordon Smith does better among women (55%) than among men (49%).
* Democrats actually give Smith higher marks (45%) than do independents (42%). Even 34% of self-described "liberals" approve of his job-performance.
* His approval ratings in Portland (54%) are better than his approval in the rest of the state (49%).
So, the question for BlueOregonians: Is Gordon Smith beatable in 2008? What sort of candidate would run against him most successfully? Any names to suggest?