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  Cantwell 52% McGavick 37%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

November 30, 2005

Election 2006

Washington

Cantwell (D) 52%
McGavick (R) 37%
Other 2%
Not Sure 9%

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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 election poll.  Thirty-six percent (36%) have an unfavorable opinion of their Senator.

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 30, 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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