December 5, 2005--For the second
straight time in a Rasmussen Reports election poll, Democrat Maria
Cantwell leads Republican Mike McGavick 52% to 37%. The poll numbers
are essentially unchanged from our November 10 survey.
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Cantwell is viewed favorably by 60% of
Washington voters, up from 57% in the earlier
Thirty-six percent (36%) have an unfavorable opinion of their
McGavick has lower name recognition, but
his favorables have improved a bit since the last survey in
Washington. Forty-three percent (43%) now have a favorable opinion
of the Safeco CEO, up from 35%. Thirty-one percent (31%) hold an
unfavorable opinion, down from 34% three weeks ago.
Cantwell has solid support within her
own party, currently attracting 91% of the vote from Democrats.
McGavick leads 77% to 15% among Republicans.
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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November
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).