Early polls always have Lautenberg in trouble

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg has never amassed huge approval numbers in public opinion polls, but he’s never lost an election either.

As he approached his first re-election campaign, Lautenberg was at a 36%-21% approval rating in a February 1988 Eagleton Institute poll; voters said they would re-elect Lautenberg over a Republican by a 37%-24% margin. In that race, Lautenberg defeated retired Army General Peter Dawkins by a 54%-46% margin.

Six years later, Lautenberg had a 39%-39% approval rating in a February 1994 Eagleton poll. Just 28% of the voters said they would support his re-election, while 49% suggested it was time for a new U.S. Senator. But by Election Day, Lautenberg defeated Assembly Speaker Garabed “Chuck” Haytaian, 50%-47%.

Early polls always have Lautenberg in trouble