Edwards hits record low poll numbers

North Carolinians strongly disapprove of their former senator, who continues to be dogged by his affair and questions surrounding it.

By Alex Koppelman
Published May 12, 2009 5:55PM (EDT)

If former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., ever wants to return to public life, much less politics, he'll have a whole lot of damage control to do first.

A new poll conducted in North Carolina by Public Policy Polling found that 69 percent of voters in the state have an unfavorable view of Edwards. That, according to Political Wire, is the lowest favorability number that PPP has ever found for any politician, anywhere. On the other hand, Elizabeth Edwards continues to poll well; 58 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of her, which is better than President Obama's rating in the state.

For more on the Edwardses, check out the very funny article on the site today by Choire Sicha, who offers a fictionalized take on what might happen if the one-time vice-presidential nominee's former mistress really did ask for a paternity test.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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