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Election 2008: Rhode Island Senate
Rhode Island Senate: Reed Safe in Re-Election Bid

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed (D) appears to have nothing to worry about in his bid for re-election this year. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds him leading Republican challenger Bob Tingle 72% to 20%.

Reed, who has served in the Senate since 1997, earns support from 90% of Rhode Island Democrats, 34% of Republicans and 65% of unaffiliated voters. Tingle, who was nominated in the 2002 election, is backed by 64% of Republicans, 6% of Democrats and 23% of unaffiliated voters.

Three out of four voters (75%) in Rhode Island have a favorable view of the incumbent, while just 20% hold an unfavorable view of him. Tingle is much less known to voters; he is viewed favorably by 26%, unfavorably by 35%, and 39% have no opinion of the challenger.

In Rhode Island’s presidential race, Barack Obama enjoys a big lead in the historically blue state.

Rhode Island’s Governor Don Carcieri (R) earns good or excellent ratings from 40% of the state’s voters. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say he is doing a poor job as governor.

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports July 1, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


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Favorable Ratings for Senate Candidates in Rhode Island

 

Tingle

Reed

Very Favorable

7%

51%

Somewhat Favorable

19%

24%

Somewhat Unfavorable

20%

12%

Very Unfavorable

15%

8%

Not Sure

39%

5%


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