October 11, 2013
More voters support generic opponent than Pearce, 58% oppose using shutdown to stop Obamacare
New Mexico — New Mexico’s lone Tea Party Republican Congressman is in danger of losing his seat to an unnamed Democratic opponent in a head-to-head contest because of his support for the government shutdown, new polling commissioned by PROGRESSNOWNM and the Center for Civic Action shows.
The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling over October 9-10, show more registered voters disapprove of Pearce’s job performance in Congress (45-44%) and 58% oppose shutting down the government as a way to stop the health care law from being put into place (58-34%).
Though Pearce initially only barely led over an unnamed Democratic opponent (47-44%), the electorate took a five-point swing in favor of an unnamed Democrat after learning that he supported the shutdown (45-47%). This poll mirrors polling conducted last week in 24 other Republican-held districts across the country. Analysis from that series of polling indicated that “Republicans would be in grave danger of losing control of the House of Representatives” if the 2014 elections were held today.
The polling interviewed 736 registered NM CD2 voters Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
“This poll puts one fact into crystal clear perspective: Steve Pearce’s support for holding the US economy hostage to further an ideological crusade against affordable health care is damaging his reputation among conservatives, liberals, and independents alike,” said Alex Curtas, Research Director for PROGRESSNOWNM.
“Like Tea Party Republicans all over the country, Pearce’s approval ratings are plummeting. If the election were held today, Steve Pearce would lose to a Democratic challenger. It’s that simple.”
“New Mexicans have a proud history of being in service to the national interest through our federal installments and the federal government also plays a key role in tackling our state’s desperate poverty and hunger challenges,” said Javier Benavidez of the Center for Civic Action. “His far right positioning contributing to the shutdown is an outrage as a federal representative of New Mexico.”