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Election 2008: Alabama Senate
GOP’s Sessions Ahead Nearly Two-to-One in Alabama

Incumbent Senator Jeff Sessions is still coasting to re-election in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in Alabama.

Sessions leads his Democratic opponent, State Senator Vivian Davis Figures, 59% to 30%. Last month the Republican, who is seeking a third six-year term, was ahead 58% to 31%. He has led by at least 20 percentage points in each poll conducted since tracking of the Alabama Senate race began in April.

Ninety percent (90%) of Republicans support Sessions versus 65% of Democrats who back Figures. The incumbent has a 66% to 20% lead among unaffiliated voters.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) have a favorable view of Sessions. Twenty-four percent (24%) have an unfavorable view of him. Thirty-eight percent (38%) regard Figures favorably, and slightly more (44%) have an unfavorable view of her.

Sessions leads among male voters 54% to 32% and 63% to 28% among women.

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Alabama is a rare bit of good news for Republicans in this year’s Senate races. Democrats are hopeful of winning GOP Senate seats in Virginia, Alaska, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Colorado, Minnesota and Mississippi.

John McCain has been comfortably ahead of Barack Obama in Alabama. Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers for the presidential race from the state at 5 pm today.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley, a Republican, is given good or excellent marks for his job performance by 65%. Just 15% say he is doing a poor job.

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Alabama Safe Republican

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

2002 Results

Sessions (R)

59%

58%

59%

Figures (D)

30%

32%

40%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 22, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Alabama Trends: Sessions vs. Figures

Date

Sessions

Figures

09/22/2008

59%

30%

07/31/2008

58%

31%

06/26/2008

58%

34%

05/29/2008

62%

29%

04/02/2008

57%

36%

Favorable Ratings for Senate Candidates in Alabama

 

Sessions

Figures

Very Favorable

35%

20%

Somewhat Favorable

33%

18%

Somewhat Unfavorable

15%

25%

Very Unfavorable

9%

19%

Not Sure

7%

18%


About Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2008 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a Presidential election.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.