Immigration bill a loser on campaign trail
The Washington Post has a story on how McCain has fallen in the polls since the bill was introduced.
...The pretensions of the supporters of this bill that it is popular are just that--pretensions. Lindsay Graham who will be running for reelection to the senate in South Carolina has an approval rating in the 30's because of his support for this bill. He and McCain may honestly think it is the right thing to do, but the voters clearly have a different point of view.
Once seen as the inevitable Republican presidential front-runner, McCain is sinking in the polls, particularly in the all-important early-primary states. On conservative talk radio, he is lumped together with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and derided endlessly. His stance on immigration is making life ever more difficult for his fundraisers. He is expected to again lag behind rivals in money raised when the quarter ends on Saturday.
In three recent Mason-Dixon polls in Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, McCain was mired in fourth place with less than 10 percent of the vote among likely Republican voters. Brad Coker, who runs Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, said McCain's position on immigration is a key to his slump.
"With the grass-roots party voters, the people who participate in primaries and caucuses, they are not really thrilled with any kind of amnesty," Coker said, referring to the conservatives' favored description of the reform bill. Coker said 40 percent of GOP voters ranked immigration as their No. 1 or No. 2 issue.