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Tennessee Senate: Competitive in 2006

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

December 12, 2005

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Tennessee Senate

Corker  (R) 36%
Ford (D) 42%


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Tennessee Senate

Bryant  (R) 41%
Ford (D) 38%


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Tennessee Senate

Hilleary (R) 41%
Ford (D) 39%



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.

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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.

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