January 26, 2005--Forty-five percent
(45%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of the woman expected to
be our next Secretary of State--Condoleezza Rice. A Rasmussen
Reports survey found that 34% have an unfavorable opinion of Rice
while 18% are not sure.
These results are similar to survey data
collected at the time Rice was first nominated last
November. At that time,
53% of Likely Voters wanted their Senators to vote for Rice's
confirmation. Twenty-nine percent (29%) wanted their Senators to
oppose the nomination.
Rice's favorability ratings are lower
than those for the man she hopes to replace. Outgoing Secretary of
State Colin Powell is viewed favorably by 62% of Americans and
unfavorably by 19%.
Among Republicans, there is little
difference--68% have a favorable opinion of Rice and 67% say the
same about Powell. Among Democrats, however, 59% have a positive
view of Powell while just 26% have a favorable opinion of Rice.
Among those not affiliated with either major political party 58%
have a favorable opinion of Powell. Rice's favorability among
unaffiliated is at 38%.
While Rice's numbers lag behind
Powell's, they are stronger than one of her chief
adversaries--Senator Barbara Boxer. Thirty percent (30%) have a
favorable opinion of the California Senator while 34% have the
Supplemental data is available for Rasmussen Reports
telephone survey of 1,500 adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports
on January 21-23, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the full
sample is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% margin of sampling
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The final, certified,
results of Election 2004 show that President George W. Bush received
50.7% of the vote while Senator John Kerry earned 48.3%. Those
figures are very close to the final Rasmussen Reports Daily Tracking Poll.
We projected the President would win 50.2% to 48.5%.
Matthew Dowd’s assessment that "Scott's polling data was dead on
this election. Both nationally and at the state level, his numbers
were hard to beat." Dowd was Chief Strategist for Bush-Cheney '04.
In addition to our national polling, Rasmussen Reports projected 24
statewide results during the final weekend of Election 2004 without
a single miscall. Slate, the online magazine, determined that
Rasmussen Reports was number one among the nation's pollsters in
Rasmussen Reports recently released a 130 page special report on
Generation documents how and why Republicans have the
potential to control both the House and the Senate for at least a
generation. It is "not the result of a single election… President
Bush is in a position to close a sale with American voters that was
first proposed by Ronald Reagan a generation ago...” Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist says that “The GOP Generation captures with
clarity the dynamics that are propelling this Republican era to
staggering new heights.”
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This survey of 1,500 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen
Reports January 21-23, 2005. The margin of sampling error
is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.