(CNSNews.com) - A recent survey of Massachusetts voters shows Vice President Al Gore continuing to lose ground among Massachusetts voters to his only Democrat challenger former senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ).
"Gore's electability in a general election is clearly coming into question here," said Louis DiNatale, senior fellow at the University of Massachusetts' McCormack Institute for Public Affairs which commissioned the poll.
DiNatale said President Bill Clinton is providing Gore with major political baggage.
"This is Clinton fatigue. Someone is paying the price here, and its Gore," DiNatale said. "Why is a Democrat going to accept essentially the same product in terms of both ideological and positioning on the spectrum?"
A survey of 400 Massachusetts voters places the vice president eight points behind Bradley. Gore also trails Texas Republican Governor George W. Bush by eight points as well as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by five points if the 2000 general election were held today, according to the survey conducted for the.
The McCormack surveys conducted throughout 1999 suggest Gore's falling numbers are part of a downward spiral. DiNatale said the recent survey results showing Gore trailing Bradley are nothing new. "There's been a steady deterioration. Gore continues not to be able to beat Bush in a general election."
A McCormack survey conducted in April showed Gore trailing Bush by only one percentage point. But at the same time, Gore held a commanding 20-point lead over Bradley, by 50 to 30 percent.
A McCormack survey in June Gore's lead over Bradley slipped to only 3 percentage points.
"A lot of Democrats feel that Clinton's re-centering of the party to the right over the course of the last eight years stripped-out some of the core values of the party," DiNatale said.
In the April survey, 73 percent of the respondents said they agreed that they are "tired of all the problems associated with the Clinton administration." Twenty-four percent disagreed with that notion. Thirty-four percent agreed that "Given the administration's problems, Gore can't win the presidency." Fifty-nine percent disagreed.
The poll results come on the heels of the announcements by the nation's two leading teachers unions threw their support behind the vice president. The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have both given Gore their endorsements.