A new independent 500-person poll from Rasmussen Reports conducted on September 8th:
Wow! More soon.
UPDATE: Here's more from the poll:
Daschle: favorable 52%, unfavorable 45%
Thune: favorable 65%, unfavorable 33%
Presidential numbers from South Dakota:
Bush: favorable 58%, unfavorable 41%
Kerry: favorable 40%, unfavorable 48%
I guess we now know why the Daschle campaign started running ads of Daschle hugging Bush during the last few weeks!
As I noted in an earlier article:
The Daschle campaign has the "French army problem": They're fighting the last war. In past campaigns, Daschle has adhered to a simple model, but it has become outdated and unworkable, and the unwillingness of the Daschle campaign to deviate from that model has led to some fundamental miscalculations.
The Washington Post has also detected Daschle fatigue in the state. Prominent Democrats in the state have derided the cynicism of Daschle's hugging-Bush ad and some in the media are exasperated by Daschle's refusal to participate in public debates. Daschle's howls of victimhood every time his record is scrutinized comes across as absurd. Daschle's refusal to engage in a debate over his record is understandable, however, given that his beliefs are incomprehensible and his record fundamentally incoherent.
Harry Reid and Chris Dodd should start rounding up votes in the Democratic caucus.