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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
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The poll of more than 1,200 Maine voters released last week by Public Policy Polling showed that Collins had a 60 percent approval rating even among Democrats. Roughly 65 percent of Republicans in the poll approved of her job performance, as did 62 percent of independents.
Those figures put her in the very top tier in the Senate.
"We've polled about 90 sitting senators and, out of those, she is tied for fourth place," said Tom Jensen with North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling.
Jensen noted that Snowe consistently ranked in the top 10, making Maine and Wyoming the two states that are happiest with their senators.
The poll also suggested that Collins could be vulnerable to a conservative primary challenger. She led only 49 percent to 46 percent when gauged against a hypothetical, unnamed "more conservative" primary opponent.
Jensen said Republican incumbents with higher approval ratings than Collins have lost in primaries.
"Unless you have over an 80 percent approval rating within your own party, you are vulnerable" to a conservative challenge, Jensen said.
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