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  Cantwell 52% McGavick 37%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

November 10, 2005

Election 2006


Cantwell (D) 52%
McGavick (R) 37%
Other 3%
Not Sure 8%



November 11, 2005--Democrat Maria Cantwell holds a fifteen point lead in her effort to win re-election to the United States Senate.

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A Rasmussen Reports Election Poll found Cantwell attracting 52% of the vote at this early stage of the campaign. Republican challenger, Mike McGavick, has 37% of the vote. McGavick is the CEO of the Safeco corporation.

Cantwell is viewed favorably by 57% of Washington voters and unfavorably by 37%. Name recognition for McGavick is lower--35% favorable and 34% unfavorable.

During Election 2006, Rasmussen Reports will poll at least once a month in every Senate and Governors' race. Our Election 2006 coverage will include more frequent measurement of competitive races.

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Forty-four percent (44%) of Washington state voters believe Judge Samuel Alito should be confirmed to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Twenty-seven percent (27%) take the opposite view and say he should not be confirmed.

Just 32% of voters in the state say that George W. Bush is doing a good or excellent job with the economy. Sixteen percent (16%) say he's doing a "fair" job, while 42% say poor.

CrossTabs and ratings of other Washington State politicians are available for Premium Members.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 10, 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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