Lautenberg’s poll numbers

Most national political observers view U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg as a good bet for re-election when he seeks a fifth term next year, but the 83-year-old Senator’s 42%-33% approval ratings in a Quinnipiac University poll released today shows him to be less popular than several Republican Senators viewed as especially vulnerable in the 2008 election.

Minnesota’s Norm Coleman is at 53%-40%, Oregon’s Gordon Smith at 52%-38%, New Hampshire’s John Sununu at 48%-29%, and Maine’s Susan Collins is at 48%-25%, according to recent independent polls taken in those states judging voters favorable/unfavorable ratings.

Of course, a Republican hasn’t won a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey since 1972 (only Hawaii and West Virginia have gone longer), and Lautenberg has never had great poll numbers. Lautenberg’s poll numbers