Tennessee Senate: Competitive in 2006
Survey of 500 Likely Voters
December 12, 2005
December 20, 2005--The race to replace Bill Frist as U.S. Senator from Tennessee is shaping up to be very competitive. Congressman Harold Ford, the likely nominee of the Democrats, holds a modest lead over one potential Republican candidate while trailing two others by even smaller amounts.
When matched up against Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, Ford leads 42% to 26%.
Former Congressman Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary each earn 41% of the vote against Ford and hold a very slight lead over the Democrat. Ford has support from 38% of voters when matched against Bryant and 39% against Hilleary.
Ford is viewed favorably by 49% of Tennessee voters and unfavorably by 38%.
For Corker, the numbers are 36% favorable and 36% unfavorable.
Byant earns favorable ratings from 41% of voters and unfavorable ratings from 32%
Hilleary is viewed favorably by 44% and unfavorably by 36%.
Fifty-two percent (52%) of Tennessee voters say finishing the mission in Iraq is more important than getting troops home as soon as possible. Thirty-nine percent (39%) view getting troops home as the top priority.
Fifty-two percent (52%) view the situation in Iraq as a more important voting issue than immigration. Thirty-four percent (34%) say immigration is more important. Sixty-eight percent (68%) favor building a barrier along the Mexican border to help reduce illegal immigration.
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This survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports December 12, 2005. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.