For most of those polled, a candidate being over the age of 70 isn't something that would influence their vote. And that result is reflected in their views of U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, who is 71 and has a 66% favorability rating heading into the final weeks of his reelection campaign.
U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, who is also looking for another term, has a favorability rating of 55%. Both Carper, who is taking on Republican Rob Arlett, and Blunt Rochester, who is running against Republican Scott Walker, enjoy big leads. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, who won't be on the ballot until 2020, has a 57% favorability rating, while Gov. John Carney enjoys a rating of 63%. State Treasurer Ken Simpler, who is running for reelection, and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long both have net favorability ratings, but neither is well known to Delawareans: 43% of those polled couldn't rate Hall-Long, and 53% had no opinion of Simpler.
"The poll's results show that most Delawareans are satisfied with their state's Democratic leadership heading into the 2018 midterms," Professor Paul Brewer said. "But the findings also suggest many residents would be open to bolder progressive steps on public policy."
The candidates vying for Senate (Carper and Arlett) and the House seat (Blunt Rochester, Walker) took part in debates on October 17 at Mitchell Hall.