According to new polling data from Public Policy Polling, Big Oil Blunt has the worst favorability ratings of any major Republican Senate candidate this year. 41% of Missourians have an unfavorable impression of Big Oil Blunt, while only 25% view him favorably.
Maybe that’s because he’s so out of touch with Missourians on the issues that matter. As we’ve reported in this space, Big Oil Blunt is wearing his unpopular support for Big Oil over clean energy jobs for Missouri as a badge of honor: he’s proud of his 100% rating on the Big Oil scorecard, and he’s repeating phony attacks on clean energy that fact-checkers have called “FALSE” over and over again.
Worst of all, Big Oil Blunt doesn’t even seem to know where his constituents stand on passing common-sense clean energy and climate legislation.
Two major polls show that voters support a comprehensive clean energy jobs bill like the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a piece of legislation (opposed by Blunt) that would help create more than 35,000 jobs statewide.
A January 20th, 2010 poll of battleground states including Missouri showed that the public overwhelming supports a clean energy bill that caps carbon pollution: respondents supported by a 58 37 percent margin an energy bill that contains cap-and-trade. Independents supported cap-and-trade by a +11 point margin.
A November, 2009 Pew poll also revealed Missouri’s strong support for a comprehensive clean energy bill, with 67 percent of respondents in support of a bill that would require factories and power companies to reduce their emissions of the carbon pollution that causes global warming by 20% by the year 2020, and require power companies to generate 15% of their power from clean energy sources like wind and solar by the year 2025.
Missouri voters also overwhelmingly approved a Renewable Electricity Standard in 2008, indicating their strong support for policies that invest in clean energy, create new jobs and reduce pollution.
At least Big Oil Blunt is better at raising money than he is at representing his constituents — he ranks among the top ten members of Congress in campaign contributions from the federal PAC connected to BP, the oil giant responsible for the disastrous spill that’s currently threatening thousands of jobs and ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.