|Connecticut Senate: Weicker Challenge for Lieberman|
Survey of 500 Likely Voters
December 8, 2005
December 18, 2005--In 1988, Democrat Joe Lieberman defeated maverick Republican Lowell Weicker to win his first of three terms in the U.S. Senate. Weicker later became Governor of Connecticut by running as an Independent.
The 74-year old Weicker is now considering challenging Lieberman once again. It's not revenge says Weicker, it's because of Lieberman's support for the Bush Administration's policy in Iraq.
A Rasmussen Reports survey shows that a Weicker candidacy might create serious problems for the incumbent Democrat. In a head-to-head match-up with no Republican candidate, Lieberman leads Weicker 54% to 32%.
However, running as an Independent, Weicker attracts 37% of votes from Democrats in the state. He is essentially tied with Lieberman among Connecticut liberals, among those who say getting troops home should be our top priority in Iraq, and among those who say the President is doing a poor job handling the situation in Iraq.
It is also interesting to note that, with no Republican candidate in the survey, Lieberman attracts support from a majority of GOP voters. Without those Republican votes, Lieberman's level of support would be under 40% statewide.
This election poll did not include a Republican candidate because it was designed to measure the potential of a Weicker challenge. In 2006, other possible match-ups will be explored. At this time, however, it appears that a Weicker independent challenge could put the Connecticut Senate seat in play next November.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of Connecticut voters say that getting troops home as soon as possible is the top priority in Iraq. Forty-three percent (43%) say finishing the mission is more important.
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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports December 8, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).