Other polls show Paul got the Aqua Buddha bounce

10/27/2010 08:28 AM

New poll numbers coming out from Fox News (via Pulse Opinion Research) and Public Policy Polling show Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul widening his lead over Democrat Jack Conway in the wake of Conway’s “Aqua Buddha” gamble.

Paul leads by 7 points, 50% to 43% in the Fox News poll of 1,000 likely voters taken Oct. 23 by Pulse Opinion Research.

And Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina firm that does polling for Democratic congressional candidates, released it’s results of its survey of 900 likely voters between Oct. 21 and 24 shows Paul with a commanding 13-point lead. He is up 53% to 40%, according to that survey.

The results come a week after Conway aired an ad that was widely panned by national and state pundits alike. The ad focuses on Paul’s college days at Baylor University in which he joined an underground group with a reputation for satirical writings about religion. And Conway referred to an incident first reported by GQ that quoted an anonymous woman who claimed Paul and another member of the Baylor swim team tied her up as an initiation prank and took her to bow down to Aqua Buddha.

Politico’s analysis piece last night says Conway’s drop in favorability ratings in these latest polls show that the commercial backfired on him.

- Ryan Alessi

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