Oregon Senate: Wyden (D) Remains Well Ahead of Huffman (R)

Rasmussen Reports

Democratic incumbent Ron Wyden continues to earn over 50% support against his Republican challenger Jim Huffman in Oregon’s U.S. Senate race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Wyden picking up 52% of the vote, while Huffman, a law school professor, gets 36% support.  Four percent (4%) favor another candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

This race continues to be Solid Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Last month, Wyden led Huffman 53% to 35%. Wyden, who is seeking a third six-year term, has consistently held the lead over Huffman in surveys since late May, with support ranging from 47% to 56%.  In that same period, Huffman’s support has run from 35% to 38%.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans in the state favor Huffman.  Wyden draws support from 86% of Oregon Democrats.  Among voters not affiliated with either political party, the incumbent holds an 11-point lead over his Republican opponent.

The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Oregon was conducted on October 10, 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.

Following their first – and only – televised debate, Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley remain locked in a tight race to be Oregon’s next governor.

Wyden is viewed favorably by 55% of Oregon voters and unfavorably by 38%. This includes 38% with a Very Favorable opinion and 24% with a Very Unfavorable one. Just seven percent (7%) have no opinion of the senator.

For Huffman, favorables are 38% and unfavorables 41%, with 15% Very Favorable and 20% Very Unfavorable.  But 22% still don’t know the GOP candidate well enough to offer any kind of opinion of him.

Only six percent (6%) of voters in the state describe the U.S. economy as good or excellent. Fifty-seven percent (57%) say the economy is poor. Thirty-four percent (34%) say the economy is getting better, but 42% believe it is getting worse.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of voters who think the economy is improving support the incumbent. Sixty-two percent (62%) of those who say it is getting worse favor his challenger.

Fifty percent (50%) of voters in the state favor repeal of the new national health care law, a bill that Wyden voted in favor of.  Forty-six percent (46%) oppose repeal. This includes 42% who Strongly Favor repeal and 36% who are Strongly Opposed. Support for repeal is lower in Oregon than it is nationwide.

To read more, visit: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/oregon/election_2010_oregon_senate

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