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Tennessee State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted August 9, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

22% Strongly approve
15% Somewhat approve
10% Somewhat disapprove
52% Strongly disapprove
  0% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Phil Bredesen has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job she’s been doing?

31% Strongly approve
42% Somewhat approve
19% Somewhat disapprove
  7% Strongly disapprove
  2% Not sure

3* 2010 Tennessee’s Governor’s Race

 

 

August 9, 2010

Jun 15, 2010

Mar 22, 2010

Bill Haslam (R)

56%

50%

45%

Mike McWherter (D)

31%

32%

27%

Some other candidate

3%

5%

5%

Not sure

10%

14%

23%

 

 

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

 

Candidate for the TN Governor’s Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Haslam

26%

52%

13%

5%

4%

McWherter

20%

33%

24%

11%

12%

 

5* In political terms is Bill Haslam very conservative, somewhat conservative, moderate, somewhat liberal or very liberal?

 

  13% Very conservative
  49% Somewhat conservative
  29% Moderate

    3% Somewhat liberal

    1% Very liberal

    5% Not sure

 

6* In political terms is Mike McWherter very conservative, somewhat conservative, moderate, somewhat liberal or very liberal?

 

    5% Very conservative
  14% Somewhat conservative
  39% Moderate

  23% Somewhat liberal

  10% Very liberal

    9% Not sure

 

7* Would it be more accurate to describe Bill Haslam’s views as mainstream or extreme?

 

  65% Mainstream
  14% Extreme
  21% Not sure

 

8* Would it be more accurate to describe Mike McWherter’s views as mainstream or extreme?

 

  50% Mainstream
  23% Extreme
  27% Not sure

 

9* The health care plan passed by Congress requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance. Do you Strongly Favor, Somewhat Favor, Somewhat Oppose, or Strongly Oppose a federal law that requires every American to buy or obtain health insurance?

 

  21% Strongly favor
18% Somewhat favor
  9% Somewhat oppose

  50% Strongly oppose

    3% Not sure

 

10* Some people believe a federal law requiring every American to buy or obtain health insurance is unconstitutional. Do you favor or oppose your state suing the federal government to prevent that requirement from remaining in the law?

 

  51% Favor
  31% Oppose
  18% Not sure

 

11* Tax cuts implemented during the Bush administration are scheduled to expire soon. If the Bush Administration tax cuts are allowed to expire, will that help the economy, hurt the economy, or have no impact on the economy?

 

    20% Help

    56% Hurt

    13% No impact

    11% Not sure

 

  12* Should the Bush Administration tax cuts be extended or should the tax cuts end this year?

 

    59% The tax cuts should be extended

    27% The tax cuts should end this year

    14% Not sure

 

  13*  Suppose you had a choice between extending the Bush Administration tax cuts for all Americans or extending the Bush Administration tax cuts for everyone except the wealthy. Which would you prefer?

 

54% Extending the Bush Administration tax cuts for all Americans

36% Extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone except the wealthy

10% Not sure

 

14* Have you ever voted for an independent candidate not affiliated with either major party?

 

53% Yes

37% No

10% Not sure 

 

15* Are you more likely or less likely to vote for an independent candidate in this election than in past elections?

 

23% More likely

51% Less likely

21% About the same

  6% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence