Oregon Senate: Wyden (D) 53%, Huffman (R) 35%

Rasmussen Reports

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden continues to hold a double-digit lead over his Republican challenger in his bid for reelection in Oregon.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Wyden picking up 53% of the vote, while Jim Huffman draws support from 35%. Three percent (3%) prefer another candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.

Oregon remains Solid Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Just over two weeks ago, Wyden led Huffman, a law professor and political activist, by a 56% to 36% margin.

Support for Wyden, a member of the Senate since 1996, has ranged from 47% to 56% since May. Huffman’s support has ranged from 35% to 38% in those same surveys.

Just 68% of GOP voters back Huffman, while Wyden has 86% support among Democrats. Wyden holds a small lead among voters not affiliated with either major party.

The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Oregon was conducted on September 8, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Republican Chris Dudley continues to hold a small lead over Democrat John Kitzhaber in Oregon’s gubernatorial race.

Unlike voters in most states, those in Oregon are almost evenly divided over whether the new national health care law should be repealed. But 44% believe repeal would be good for the economy. Twenty-nine percent (29%) disagree and say it would be a bad for the economy.

Huffman leads among voters who favor repeal, while Wyden, who voted for the health care bill, earns strong support from those who are opposed to repeal.

A majority of Oregon voters (57%) have a favorable opinion of Wyden, including 38% who view the senator Very Favorably. Thirty-seven percent (37%) share an unfavorable opinion of Wyden, with 22% who view him Very Unfavorably.

While 38% view Huffman favorably, 25% view him unfavorably. This includes 13% with a Very Favorable opinion and 11% with a Very Unfavorable one. But a sizable number of Oregon voters (36%) do not know enough about the Republican candidate to form even a soft opinion of him.

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