Vermont Senate: Leahy (D) 62%, Britton (R) 32%

Rasmussen Reports

Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, a member of the U.S. Senate since 1975, hasn’t had a close race in 30 years, and this year’s contest appears unlikely to break that tradition.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Vermont finds Leahy, who is seeking a seventh six-year term, earning 62% support to Republican challenger Len Britton’s 32%.  Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while four percent (4%) are undecided.

These findings show little change from late June when Leahy held a 64% to 29% advantage over Britton in the only previous Rasmussen Reports survey of this year’s race. Leahy posted a 58% to 33% lead over a generic Republican in March.

This contest remains Solid Democratic in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Leahy is favored by 96% of voters in his own party, while 73% of Republicans back Britton, a businessman and political newcomer.  Among voters not affiliated with either political party, the Democratic incumbent leads his GOP challenger by a two-to-one margin.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Vermont was conducted on September 13, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen Reports will release new data from Vermont’s gubernatorial race and the contest for the state’s only House seat later this week.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of all voters in the state regard Leahy as a liberal, while 43% classify Britton as a conservative. But 37% are not sure how to describe the Republican hopeful’s political views.

A solid majority (61%) of Vermont voters feel Leahy’s views are mainstream, while just 28% say his views are extreme.  Twenty-seven percent (27%) classify Britton as mainstream, but 21% think he’s extreme.  Again, 52% are not sure enough of his views to have any kind of opinion.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters in the state share a favorable view of the Leahy, including 51% with a Very Favorable opinion of the longtime senator. One-out-of three voters (33%) have an unfavorable opinion of him, with 21% Very Unfavorable.

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