But the poll offers little comfort to those hoping to use Beebe's popularity to elect legislative candidates. His endorsement of a candidate isn't comparable to his popularity in influence. Asked if his endorsement would influence them: 29 percent of all respondents said yes, 48 percent said no and the rest didn't know. The numbers were 25-53 among independents and 19-63 among Republicans.
One "however": If even one in five Republicans say they could be influenced by a Beebe endorsement, that could be a critical boost in a close race.
But no argument here: You score more negative political points by linking a state legislative candidate to the black man in the faraway White House than you gain by linking a state legislative candidate to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe's solid record. Makes sense doesn't it? Obama is a whole lot more important in state legislative debate than the governor, right? And Republicans assure me that race has nothing to do with this disconnect.