Burns is viewed favorably by 55% of
Montana voters and unfavorably by 37%.
For both Democrats, name recognition is
much lower--nearly half of all voters have no opinion. For Tester,
the numbers are 28% favorable, 25% unfavorable, and 46% no opinion.
Morrison is viewed favorably by 30%, unfavorably by 23%, and 47%
have no opinion.
The low name recognition of his
challengers means that the is all about Conrad Burns at this time.
But, that will change as the Democrats' select their nominee and
voters learn more about him.
If the Burns campaign is able to define
the eventual Democratic nominee in an unfavorable light, the
incumbent should have little trouble winning re-election. However,
if the challenger appears credible to Montana voters, this could
become one of the more interesting campaigns in Election 2006.
Just 35% of Montana voters believe the U.S. is on
the right track. Sixty percent (60%) disagree.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of Montana
voters Approve of the way that President Bush is performing his job.
Forty-eight percent (48%) Disapprove.
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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 8, 2005. The margin
of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a
95% level of confidence (see Methodology)