We missed this latest poll from Tarrance Group, a Republican polling outfit, that was released last week.
According to the poll, Gov. Bill Ritter’s approval rating is at 44%, which is obviously not very good. The numbers are particularly scary for the Guv’s supporters considering that Ritter is a sitting governor 18 months from re-election in a state that just voted strongly for a Democrat for President. Ritter should be safely above 50% at this point in his term.
The upside, if there is any upside, is that Ritter isn’t polling any worse than 44%. We’ve actually heard polls a month or two ago had him below 40%, which could still be the case given the margin of error of these things. But with all of the negative press Ritter has received in the last several months, combined with some bafflingly-bad political decisions, perhaps 44% is about the best he could hope for…which tells you all you need to know about the race for governor at this point.