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  Ohio Senate: DeWine Even With Two Challengers

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

November 30, 2005

Election 2006

Ohio Senate

DeWine (R) 42%
Hackett (D) 41%
Other 6%
Not Sure 11%


Election 2006

Ohio Senate

DeWine (R) 43%
Brown  (D) 41%
Other 6%
Not Sure 10%



December 2, 2005--Ohio Senator Mike DeWine is essentially even with two potential Democratic challengers in his bid for re-election.

Congressman Sherrod Brown, who plans to formally kick-off his Senate campaign today, trails DeWine by just two percentage points in the latest Rasmussen Reports election poll.

Paul Hackett, an Iraq War Veteran and strong critic of President Bush, is within a single point of DeWine. A Rasmussen Reports election poll two weeks ago found Hackett leading DeWine by a single point. The margin of sampling error for both polls is +/- 4.5 percentage points.

The similarity of results with the two Democratic challengers suggests that perceptions at this point are little more than a referendum on DeWine. [NOTE: CrossTabs and data for other questions is available for Premium Members]

Brown and Hackett will face off next May in a Primary Election to determine who will face DeWine next November. Rasmussen Reports will begin polling on that Primary match-up in January.

Both Democrats are strong critics of the President's policies in Iraq. Ohio voters are evenly divided between those who believe it is more important to bring home the troops (46%) and those who believe it is more important to finish the mission in Iraq (44%).

Nationally, confidence that the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror is up sharply compared to a month ago.

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DeWine is viewed favorably by 51% of Ohio voters and unfavorably by 39%.

For Hackett, with a lower level of name recognition, the numbers are 40% favorable and 30% unfavorable.

Brown is seen favorably by 48% and unfavorably by 29% of Ohio voters.

Ohio Governor Robert Taft has Job Approval Ratings that remain amazing low. Just 21% Approve of the way he's performing his job, including just 4% who Strongly Approve.

[NOTE: CrossTabs and data for other questions is available for Premium Members. Results are available by Party, Ideology, Priority in Iraq, Marital Status, Bush Approval, Employment Status, and more.]

During the week of Election 2004, Rasmussen Reports tracking polls showed President Bush with a 1-4 point lead each day in Ohio. In what became the decisive battleground state, Bush narrowly captured Ohio and the Presidency by 2 percentage points.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 28, 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).

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