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January 25, 2006

Hillary Meter: 46% Liberal

Thirty-two percent (32%) of Americans say they will definitely vote for Senator Hillary Clinton if she runs for President in 2008. Thirty-nine percent (39%) will definitely vote against her.

The former First Lady is viewed as politically liberal by 46% of voters (up from 39% two weeks ago). Thirty-three percent (33%) see her as politically moderate (see trends).

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January 24, 2006

California Governor

In a match-up with State Treasurer Phil Angelides, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger leads Angelides 41% to 39%. Matched with State Comptroller Steve Westly, Schwarzenegger trails 39% to 40%.

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January 21, 2006

Americans Not Shocked by Abramoff

Forty percent (40%) of Americans say that used-car salesmen are generally more ethical than members of Congress. A Rasmussen Reports survey finds that Just 27% believe the nation's elected representatives are more ethical.

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January 20, 2006

Michigan Governor: Granholm By 11

The Democratic governor of Michigan may have the advantage of incumbency but, burdened by the state's lackluster employment outlook, has yet to win support from more than 50% of likely voters in a match-up with her likely Republican opponent.

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January 20, 2006

Michigan Senate: Stabenow with Big Lead

Senator Debbie Stabenow enjoys a healthy 20-28 percentage point edge against the three Republicans vying to challenge her in the general election.

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January 20, 2006

Issues 2006

When asked about some issues that may impact Election 2006, 75% of Americans rate Health Care as "very important." Seventy-four percent (74%) say the same about the Economy and Political Corruption.

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January 19, 2006

Pennsylvania Governor: Rendell-Swann a Toss-up

Our latest poll of the race for Pennsylvania governor shows Republican Lynn Swann, the former receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, narrowly leading Democratic Governor Ed Rendell 45% to 43%.

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January 19, 2006

Pennsylvania Senate: Santorum Still Trailing by 15

Blunt-talking Republican Senator Rick Santorum continues to trail his likely Democratic opponent, Bob Casey, Jr. in the closely watched race over his Senate seat. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll shows Casey leading by 15 percentage points, 53% to 38%.

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January 18, 2006

Arkansas Governor

Democrat Mike Beebe is maintaining a narrow lead, 46% to 40%, over Republican Asa Hutchinson in the race to succeed Governor Mike Huckabee.

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January 18, 2006

Virginia Senate: Allen With Big Lead

Virginia Senator George Allen (R) leads Northern Virginia businessman Harris Miller (D) by 30 percentage points in his bid for re-election.

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January 13, 2006

Maryland Governor: Ehrlich Moves Past O'Malley, Duncan

The seesaw in Maryland's Senate race is echoed in the race for Governor. As in the Senate campaign, support for Democratic candidates bulged in November during a politically rough time for Republicans nationally, but has now slackened.

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January 13, 2006

Maryland Senate: Steele Now Leading Dems

Maryland is proving to be another state to watch in an election year many have predicted will see nationwide gains for Democrats.

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January 13, 2006

Support for Alito Increases

Sixty-eight percent (68%) say Alito is likely to be confirmed and serve on the Supreme Court, including 43% who say he is very likely to be confirmed. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans now say Alito should be confirmed.

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January 12, 2006

Iowa Governor: Still Toss-Up

The race to succeed Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack remains one to watch. Congressman Jim Nussle, the likely Republican nominee, captures at best 42% of the vote against any one of four possible Democratic opponents.

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January 11, 2006

Montana Senate: Burns Slumping in Wake of Abramoff Plea

Republican Senator Conrad Burns has lost a double-digit lead against the two Democrats most prominently vying for the right to square off against him in November.

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January 11, 2006

Rhode Island Senate: Chafee (R) in Competitive Race

Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) does not break through the 50% level of voter support when matched against two potential challengers in a Rasmussen Reports Election Poll.

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January 11, 2006

Hillary Meter: 39% Liberal

The first Hillary Meter of 2006 shows a more positive perception of New York's Junior Senator than any survey conducted in 2005.

For the first time ever, fewer than 40% of Americans view Clinton as politically liberal. Thirty-nine percent (39%) now see her as liberal while 38% say moderate. Last January, 51% of Americans viewed the former First Lady as liberal. (see trends).

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January 10, 2006

Vermont Governor: Douglas Leads by 23

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas has a 23-percentage point lead in his bid for re-election. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll shows Douglas earning 54% of the vote while former state Senator Scudder Parker attracts 31%.

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January 8, 2006

Texas Senate: Hutchison By 39 Points

For a while, Kay Bailey Hutchison flirted with the idea of challenging Texas Governor Rick Perry in a Republican Primary battle that had the potential to be nasty intra-party fight.

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January 8, 2006

Texas Governor: Perry (R) at 40%

A couple of weeks ago, it seemed like Texas Governor Rick Perry might have weathered the intra-party storm. Perry led State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn by large margins in Republican Primary polling and there were no Democrats likely to beat him one-on-one in the red state of Texas.