Human Events and Gravis Marketing conducted a random survey of 691 registered Mississippi voters regarding the performance of Senator Cochran, his standing among potential challengers, and opinions regarding background checks, restricting violence in video games, and drug testing for welfare recipients. The poll carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.
Overall, the results indicate that Senator Cochran is in a tight spot. When pitted against Chris McDaniel, the race is virtually tied, with both candidates at 40% and 20% undecided. Senator Cochran is also under the 50% threshold when looking at a generic run against a Tea Party candidate, gathering only 45% of the vote compared to 35% for the generic Tea Party candidate. Additionally, only 39% of respondents approve of his job performance, with 40% undecided.
Q1: Do you think the United States is on the right track all wrong track?
Q2: If the primary election were held today for the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, would you vote for Thad Cochran or Chris McDaniel?
Q3: If the primary election were held today for the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, would you vote for Thad Cochran or a tea party candidate?
Q4: How would you rate Sen. Cochran's job performance?
Q5: Sen. Cochran was elected first in 1978. Is he more conservative since he's been elected, less conservative or the same?
Q6: Do you support expanded background checks for gun purchases?
Q7: Should the federal government restrict violence in video games?
Q8: Do you support drug testing for welfare benefits, including food stamps?
Note: the polls were conducted using automated telephone and weighted by voting demographics.