|Election 2006: Oregon Governor|
|Ted Kulongoski (D)||45%|
|Ron Saxton (R)||35%|
Results of the latest Rasmussen Reports election survey of 500 likely voters show Democratic incumbent Governor Ted Kulongoski widening his lead in his bid for re-election. Kulongoski now leads Republican challenger Ron Saxton 45% to 35% (see crosstabs), an eight-point jump since the last poll.
The last survey was taken immediately after the primary race, which may have provided a bounce for Saxton at the time. Since then, however, his numbers have taken a downward turn. In the current survey, 43% of respondents report having a favorable opinion of Saxton, down from 48% in May. His unfavorable rating has taken an 11-point climb, jumping from 41% its current standing at 52%
In the meantime, Kulongoski is rebounding with Oregon’s voters. Fifty-six percent (56%) of those surveyed say they have a favorable opinion of the incumbent. That’s a four-point improvement from the earlier poll.
Opinion has also shifted on his job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters now approve of Kulongoski’s performance as their governor, up from his previous rating of 49%.
President Bush’s numbers remain low among Oregonians. Fifty percent (50%) of voters report strong disapproval of the president’s job performance, a three-point increase since the last poll. The percentage of those who strongly approve—22%—remains unchanged.
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