Four-term U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg has a 47%-38% lead over his GOP challenger, former Rep. Dick Zimmer, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early this morning. But 54% of voters say that the 84-year-old Lautenberg is too old to serve another term, and his 46%-35% job approval rating is his lowest disapproval in twelve years.
"There are warning signs along the path to his re-election bid," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Sen. Lautenberg’s age continues to be a big issue; voters give him the biggest disapproval rating in 12 years and independent voters are going for the Republican. “Most voters say they don’t know Zimmer well enough to have an opinion. It will be interesting to see how the horse race shapes up as he becomes better known."