New polling projects Hawley with slight edge over McCaskill, right-to-work failing in August

  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley leads incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in this year’s race for the U.S. Senate, according to new polling.

A new survey, conducted by the Remington Research Group on behalf of The Missouri Times, shows that of 1,034 surveyed voters, 50 percent approve of President Donald Trump, while also showing that the Republican attorney general may have a slight competitive edge over the incumbent Democrat.

QUESTION: Possible candidates in the November 2018 General Election for United States Senate are the Republican Josh Hawley and the Democrat Claire McCaskill. If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

Josh Hawley: 48%
Claire McCaskill: 46%
Undecided: 6%

What is your opinion of Donald Trump?
Favorable: 50%
Unfavorable: 44%
No opinion: 6%

Missouri’s new Republican governor, Mike Parson, shows a 34 percent approval rating, but the 50 percent “No Opinion” surveyed indicates that voters are still waiting to see more from the elevated statewide officeholder who took over the job in June of this year.

What is your opinion of Mike Parson?
Favorable: 34%
Unfavorable: 16%
No opinion: 50%

The polling also shows Missourians as being unreceptive to the passing of right-to-work in the Show-Me State, though the poll does seem to indicate that more voters will be turning out this August when the vote on Prop A will take place.

QUESTION: Appearing on the August ballot will be Proposition A. Proposition A will give voters the choice of adopting or rejecting legislation known as Right to Work. Does knowing Proposition A will appear on the August ballot make you more excited or less excited to vote this August?

More excited: 48%
Less excited: 21%
No difference: 31%

Those same voters were then read the language for Proposition A as it will appear on the August ballot and asked how they might vote.

QUESTION: Do the people of the state of Missouri want to adopt Senate Bill 19 (“Right-to-Work”) as passed by the general assembly in 2017, which prohibits as a condition of employment the forced membership in a labor organization (union) or forced payments of dues in full or pro-rata (fair-share); make any activity which violates employees’ rights illegal and ineffective; allow legal remedies for anyone injured as a result of another person violating or threatening to violate employees’ rights; and which shall not apply to union agreements entered into before the effective date of Senate Bill 19? If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no on adoption Senate Bill 19? A yes vote will adopt Right to Work, while a no vote will reject Right to Work.

Yes: 38%
No: 56%
Undecided: 6%

Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email benjamin@themissouritimes.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.