December 3, 2005--Senator
Debbie Stabenow (D) attracts between 49% and 52% of the vote when
matched against three Republican challengers in her bid for
re-election. Stabenow leads the challengers by 16 -20 percentage
point at this early stage of Election 2006.
Stabenow leads Oakland County Sheriff
Michael Bouchard 49% to 33%. Bouchard recently re-entered the race
after withdrawing for health reasons.
Keith Butler trails Stabenow by 19
percentage points, 52% to 33%. Before Bouchard's re-entry, Butler
was considered the frontrunner on the GOP side of the aisle.
Jerry Zandstra trails Stabenow by 20
points, 51% to 31%.
and data on other questions are available for
Rasmussen Reports will begin polling on
Michigan's GOP primary competition in January.
Related survey data show
Jennifer Granholm (D) with a twelve percentage point lead in her bid
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Stabenow is viewed favorably by 57% of
Michigan voters. None of her three Republican challengers tops the
35% mark at this time. In fact, between a quarter and a third of
voters have no opinion on each of the Republican candidates.
Fifty percent (50%) of Michigan voters
give President Bush "poor" marks for handling the economy. An
identical percentage give him "poor" marks for handling the
situation in Iraq.
In 2004, Rasmussen Reports final
tracking poll for Michigan showed Senator John Kerry leading
President George W. Bush by 4 percentage points (50% to 46%). Kerry
won the state by 3 percentage points (51% to 48%).
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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November
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).