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Toplines - 2010 South Dakota House of Representatives Election - April 21, 2010

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South Dakota State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted April 21, 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?

27% Strongly approve
18% Somewhat approve
7% Somewhat disapprove
47% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

2* 2010 Election for United States House of Representatives

April 21, 2010

Mar 25, 2010

Feb 23, 2010

Chris Nelson (R)

41%

42%

38%

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)

45%

44%

45%

Some other candidate

5%

6%

6%

Not sure

9%

9%

11%

April 21, 2010

Mar 25, 2010

Feb 23, 2010

Kristi Noem (R)

35%

35%

34%

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)

50%

46%

49%

Some other candidate

5%

8%

4%

Not sure

9%

10%

13%

April 21, 2010

Mar 25, 2010

Feb 23, 2010

Blake Curd (R)

36%

33%

33%

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)

48%

45%

51%

Some other candidate

7%

8%

5%

Not sure

9%

14%

12%

3* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Stephanie Herseth Sandline?

24% Very favorable
31% Somewhat favorable
24% Somewhat unfavorable

19% Very unfavorable

4% Not sure

4* Will the health care plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama be good for the country or bad for the country?

33% Good
55% Bad
3% No impact
10% Not sure

5* A proposal has been made to repeal the health care bill and stop it from going into effect. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a proposal to repeal the health care bill?

45% Strongly favor
11% Somewhat favor
10% Somewhat oppose
28% Strongly oppose
6% Not sure

6* The health care plan passed by Congress would require 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?

19% Strongly favor
22% Somewhat favor
15% Somewhat oppose
39% Strongly oppose
6% Not sure

7*Some people believe a federal law requiring every American to buy or obtain health insurance is unconstitutional. Some states have announced that they will sue the federal government to fight that requirement. Would you favor or oppose having your state sue the federal government to prevent it from becoming law?

48% Favor
42% Oppose

9% Not sure

8* When you think about the major issues facing the country, whose views are closest to your own President Barack Obama or the average tea party member?

40% President Barack Obama
46% The average Tea Party member
14% Not sure

9* How concerned are you that those opposed to President Obama’s policies will resort to violence?

18% Very concerned
24% Somewhat concerned
25% Not very concerned
29% Not at all concerned
3% Not sure

10* Should offshore oil drilling be allowed?


76% Yes
12% No
13% Not sure

11* President Obama has proposed allowing more offshore drilling in some areas. However, drilling will not be permitted off the coasts of California and the New England states. Should offshore oil drilling be permitted off the coasts of California and the New England states?


59% Yes

21% No
20% Not sure

12* Should individual states have the right to ban drilling off their own coastlines?

39% Yes
37% No
24% Not sure

13*Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

0% Excellent

9% Good

52% Fair

38% Poor
1% Not sure

14* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?

44% Better

31% Worse

20% About the same
4% Not sure

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