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July 17, 2006

Nebraska Governor: Heineman with Hefty Lead over Hahn

In the race for governor, Republican incumbent Dave Heineman tops Democratic challenger David Hahn with 74% of voters a favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the sitting governor compared to 34% for his challenger.

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July 17, 2006

Nebraska Senate and Governor Races: Advantage Incumbents

It’s always good to be an incumbent in American politics. That’s especially true in Nebraska this year where the incumbent Senator and Governor are from opposing parties. But, regardless of the party label, both incumbents enjoy strong support from the state’s voters.

July 13, 2006

IL Governor: Blagojevich Now Up by 11

After trailing earlier in the campaign season, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) now leads Republican State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka by 11-points in his bid for re-election.

July 12, 2006

Hillary Meter: 37% Would Vote Against Clinton in 2008

Our latest Hillary Meter survey shows little change in perceptions of the New York Senator. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters say they would definitely vote against the Senator if she were nominated for President.

July 11, 2006

MA Governor: Dems Edging Forward

Two Democrats vying for the gubernatorial nomination in Massachusetts now earn more than 40% support when likely voters consider three-way match-ups.

July 11, 2006

Montana Trending To Tester

Democrat Jon Tester leads Republican Senator Conrad Burns 50% to 43% making Burns the second most vulnerable Senator seeking re-election this year.

July 10, 2006

Massachusetts 2008

Could John McCain (R) Beat Hillary Clinton (D) in Massachusetts? The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll in the Bay State shows McCain wresting 44% of the vote to 43% for Clinton.

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July 10, 2006

Maryland: Kerry 53% Bush 39%

In Maryland, the latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows Senator Kerry with 53% of the vote and President Bush with 39%. Four years ago, Al Gore defeated Bush to carry Maryland 57% to 40%..

July 6, 2006

MO Senate: A Slight Turn of the Tide Yields a Tie

After months of toggling leads, the race for Missouri’s seat in the U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Talent and State Auditor Claire McCaskill has now leveled.

July 5, 2006

Party Affiliation Trends

During the month of June, 37.0% of Americans identified themselves as Democrats, up from 36.4% in May. Only once in the past year have a larger share of American adults identified themselves as Democrats.

July 4, 2006

39% Say George Washington Greatest Founding Father

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans say that George Washington is the greatest of the nation’s Founding Fathers. A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults found that 26% named Thomas Jefferson as the greatest of the Founders while 21% preferred Benjamin Franklin.

June 30, 2006

Churchgoers Disapprove of Gay and Lesbian Pastors

Is it appropriate for gay and lesbian church members to serve as pastors and bishops in a Christian Church? Two thirds (67%) of those who attend Church weekly say no. Just 27% of those faithful worshippers say yes.

June 30, 2006

The Vote: Most Agree with Photo-ID Requirement, English-Only Ballots

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of likely voters across the country agree that displaying a photo ID should be required to cast a vote. Democrats and liberals are a bit less likely to agree than members of other groups identified in our survey.

June 30, 2006

New Mexico Governor: Richardson with 20+ Lead

Republicans have installed a new contender in the race for Governor here. Whether former state Republican Party chairman John Dendahl can fare better than ousted standard-bearer J.R. Damron, who had been uncontested in his nomination bid, remains to be seen.

June 30, 2006

New Mexico Senate: Democratic Incumbent Looks Safe

Democratic incumbent, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, is gliding to reelection, currently leading GOP nominee Allen McCullough 59% to 33%.

June 30, 2006

Minnesota Governor: Pawlenty in Pitched Battle

Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty continues to trail DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch.

June 30, 2006

Minnesota Senate: Toss-up, Still

With only 7% of voters undecided, DFL county attorney Amy Klobuchar continues to hold a narrow edge over Republican Representative Mark Kennedy in the race to succeed Senator Mark Dayton (D), who is retiring after a single term.

June 29, 2006

Florida Governor: Crist (R) Lead Widens

Republican Attorney General Charlie Crist has opened a double digit lead in the race to succeed Governor Jeb Bush, leading Democratic Congressman Jim Davis 49% to 35% in our latest survey.

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June 29, 2006

Pennsylvania Governor: Rendell by 14

In the race for the governor's mansion in Pennsylvania, Democratic Governor Ed Rendell now leads Republican Lynn Swann 50% to 36%.

June 28, 2006

Most Americans More Concerned With Terrorism Than North Korean Missiles

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 adults found that 71% of Americans consider terrorism the bigger threat.