CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is taking a hit in the polls, and so is West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen.

New numbers released this week from Public Policy Polling showed West Virginia voters gave Manchin a 46-percent approval rating, while 44 percent disapproved.

The last time PPP questioned voters about Manchin in 2011, his approval rating stood at 61 percent.

Pollsters with PPP said Machin may be suffering from the Obama effect. In only one other state is President Barack Obama more unpopular than he is in West Virginia right now. Voters surveyed said they support impeaching the president by a 49 percent to 37 percent margin.

Obama’s favorability rating in the Mountain State sits at 28 percent.

Manchin’s numbers are higher, but they’re not that different from U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) who is not seeking re-election next year. Only 45 percent of those questioned approved of Rockefeller’s job performance, while 46 percent disapproved.

Some other numbers from the PPP poll:

♦ Of those questioned, 40 percent said they would support a government shutdown. Among Republicans alone, 56 percent said they support a government shutdown while 20 percent are opposed to it.

♦ The most popular politician in West Virginia is Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin who has a 47-percent approval rating. He was at 44 percent in a similar PPP poll two years ago.

♦ Only 23 percent of West Virginia’s voters support gay marriage, 70 percent said they are opposed to it.  By a slim 49-48 margin, voters said they support civil unions for same sex couples while 68 percent said they think discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity should be illegal.

Public Policy Polling questioned 1,110 West Virginia voters between last Thursday and Sunday.

Most of the poll was conducted before Maryland shut out West Virginia 37-0 on Saturday in Baltimore. The results showed WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen had only an 18-percent favorability rating, some 10 points lower than President Obama.

In comparison, the last time Public Policy Polling asked about the late coach Bill Stewart, his favorability rating was 35 percent. Current WVU basketball Coach Bob Huggins has a 45-percent favorability rating.

The favorability rating of Stewart’s predecessor, Rich Rodriguez, stands at 11 percent.

Tom Jensen with PPP was scheduled to discuss the poll results in-depth on Thursday’s edition of MetroNews “Talkline” from 10 a.m. to noon.

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  • Jim

    One thing that really helped Manchin getting elected was his gun commercial.

    While I don't really see anything too far out in what he and Toomey were proposing, he had to be politically tone deaf not to know WV'ians vote their guns and any messing with the right to own guns would cost him at the polls.

    His most recent suicidal move is to say that Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid are on the table in the budget negotiations.

    WV' ians love their gov't checks like they love their guns and we have an old population collecting SS and we also have one of the largest populations of people collecting Social Security Disability of any state.

    If Manchin were smart he'd go on and on about hating government and loving guns, meanwhile not doing anything to stop the checks all the government hating WV'ians collect. This would be get him back up in the polls.

  • Mike

    TruthTeller? Now there's a big-time misnomer for you.

  • vashti

    interesting to read what prisms people view things through. sometimes it is scary too.

  • Grassroots

    You may want to check out a grassroots organization in WV, that has rocked Manchin on his heels. They/we have made an impact on his decisions. He will no longer be an issue for citizens of WV, if he wants to run again. He has showed his true colors. He tows the party line. Check his FB page out. WV is no longer behind this man. I have voted for him in every election he has been in. I no longer will cast a vote his way. Anyone willing to compromise a people's Rights is not fit for office. He may be speaking out somewhat against Obamacare, and may have changed his mind on 2ndA issues in public. But for him to back them once means he is just trying to come up with a way to win back the majority of WV voters. WV has always voted Dem for our in state law makers. The last election showed they don't want a Dem as our president. I would venture to say, a lot of Dem in WV, will be looking for work come next election.

  • mickeymat

    I just do not understand it. Obama made it abundantly clear he was going to put coal mining out of business BEFORE his first election, yet West Virginians voted for him. Obama is a Democrat. So is Manchin. Manchin goes along with just about EVERYTHING Obama has created and destroyed. Why are West Virginians so gullible?

    • John

      Uh, West Virginia didn't go for Obama in either of his presidential bids.

  • FungoJoe

    Manchin made some comments this morning at the Bloomberg breakfast supporting delaying the individual mandate in ObamaCare. By noon, after Grungy Harry Reid had jerked a knot in his tail, Manchin had to issue a statement "clarifying" his earlier remarks. He had to walk back those earlier comments. Manchin sure is becoming more and more like an Obama democrat. Typically, it is not "Say what you mean, and mean what you say."

  • Jeremy

    I called Joe yesterday, the washington office could not take my call or even leave a voicemail. So I called Charleston with my questions on where Joe stands with Obamacare. The lady that answered the phone, quickly told me Joe's belief that everyone is entitled to health care and Blah, Blah Blah, with little regard to my imput. I should have stopped her at that point with a reminder about how Joe should be representing Wv's views and not his. I will vote democrat again, WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER.

  • Gunga Din

    We elected Manchin and We can get rid of him too.
    It's a little tougher with Holgs at WVU, we generally don't have a vote on his tenure -- unless you are a BIG $$$ donor.

    • FungoJoe

      Oliver Luck, are you listening?? Your football coach, the one that you hand picked, is vastly more unpopular than Barack Hussein Obama.
      Man o' man, what a terrible day it is to be a Mountaineer, wherever you may be!!!!
      Ollie, what have you done to our beloved Mountaineer football program???

  • James

    80 percent of the state relies on a medical card, food stamps, and other govt programs, and yet you want to crucify the president for keeping your benefits, do I feel he is the greatest, not at all, he has his flaws, where was all of your complaining when Bush destroy the country, guess he gets a pass for all his lies, half you on here complaining more then likely receives some sort of govt assistance, I hope they take it all away, and then how will you live, especially since the state is 1 of the poorest in the nation, by the way, if your mad now, I can't wait to see how you react when Hilary Clinton gets elected

    • FungoJoe

      Elected to what?? Certainly not as President of the US. Benghazi will hang around her neck like a mill stone.
      Maybe you should learn how to spell Hillary before you go spouting off for her.

  • Rich

    Why would RR leave his current job where he is doing well, popular, loved, and has some great recruits lined up?
    Wait. He had all that when he left WVU for Michigan.

  • William

    I love Obama he has GREAT CHARACTER

    • TruthTeller

      Then you obviously don't have any idea what the meaning of CHARACTER is. Stomping on our
      freedoms and the US Constitution is your idea of good character? Then you must be a Satanist.

      • June

        I love President Obama too and yes he had GREAT character! The problem with most of the dumb hillbillies in WV is that they are brainwashed by FOX news and they believe that democrats are going to take your guns, kill your unborn, end your coal jobs, ruin your health care, etc, etc, etc. Then add the fact that some so called Christian churches have their weekly hate attacks! Then add the final element, yes let's pull the race card! Would President Obama be hated so much if he were 50% whiter? I know this is true, because I've lived in WV all my life and what an ugly bunch of haters some of my neighbors are, and yes, they go to church every Sunday.

  • blugldmn

    Natalie Tennant will be another Obama stooge if you vote her into office people...

    Remember that...

    • 4wardthinker

      You sound like another paid puppet spammer brought to us by the GOP!

      • vinnie


        You are lost sir. You are actually a backward thinker. The powers that be have offered little; if any, in the form of solutions. We need new blood and nobody in office from the southern part of the state. Go north and east to find people that might have a clue. We need change and new ideas. That is forward.

      • Jephre

        So WV should just keep doing what it's been doing for the past 80 years (electing Dems) and suddenly expect better results? That's definitely not 4ward thinking. Blugldmn is 100% correct about Tennant.

        • TruthTeller

          That is the meaning of insanity. Keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results each time.

        • Magic Mike

          It is slowly changing. Just wait until the unions down in the Charleston area are devastated by Obamacare.

          Because next Obama is coming after the guns and Manchin is going to be right with him.

          Holgersen will not be the coach after next season. My bet is Doc Holliday.

          Capito will win the senate seat in 2014.

  • Bull

    How could anyone think Rich Rod would ever come back to coach at WVU? Im sure hes thinking "Oh I know I am winning and liked here in beautiful Arizona but you know what Id love to come back to work for a place I tried to sue to a fan base that over half hates me. But hey I am a West Virginia boy!" Grow up people hes gone quit talking about him.

  • D.P.

    Hughesknight: Thank you also for your compliment. I'm sorry to have overlooked it previously.

    I'm "closing shop" for the night, but will look for Harpers Ferry's reply tomorrow. I won't hold my breath though, as I'm CERTAIN he has no interest in my offer!!!

  • D.P.

    mtnmanstan and Outdoor Man: Thank you both for the compliments.

    Harpers Ferry: I would love to bet you (and give you 10 to 1 odds) ANY AMOUNT of $ that RR will NEVER AGAIN coach at WV. If you're serious, say so and we'll figure out how we can exchange names, phone #'s, etc. But don't waste my time as I am 100% serious about this bet! If you're going to talk the talk, I expect you to walk the walk!!!!!