McCain Approval Ratings in Tank; Lowest Levels Since Keating Five Scandal

For the first time since 1994 -- when he was recovering from the Keating Five scandal -- John McCain's approval rating has hit 40 percent.

A poll conducted by the Behavior Research Center determined the figure, but while McCain's numbers may be down, Arizona's senior U.S. senator is far from out.

Republicans, for the most part, still like McCain. The poll finds that within the Republican Party McCain still has a 52 percent approval rating, with only 14 percent of those polled saying he's doing a "poor" job.

The Republican side of the aisle, at the moment, is where McCain's toughest challenge may lie, with former congressman J.D. Hayworth announcing that he will try to unseat McCain as the Republican candidate for Senate.

Hayworth is essentially running on a platform that McCain is too old and out of touch with the conservative base of the Republican party to effectively represent the people of Arizona.

McCain's wife and daughter's supporting gay-marriage couldn't have done much to help McCain's case that he is still, at heart, a conservative.

Despite his low poll numbers, Earl de Berge, the man who conducted the poll, says McCain will be tough to beat in a Republican primary.

"A McCain-Hayworth primary, however, will undoubtably provide voters with much entertainment as the two argue about which one is more conservative and worthy of trust," De Berge tells the Arizona Guardian.

Maybe all that "entertainment" will take voters' minds off the fact that while these two duke it out over who's best for all the gun-slingin' righties, the state and country have been on the verge of financial collapse for the last two years. 

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