Rasmussen: Vitter Still Leads Race to Retain La. Seat

Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 12:53 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Louisiana’s race for the U.S. Senate looks largely the same as it has since the beginning of the year, with incumbent Republican David Vitter continuing to earn more than 50 percent of the vote in a state with unusually high tea party membership, according to Rasmussen Reports.

Vitter, who is seeking a second six-year term, has 53 percent support, according to a June 24 Rasmussen telephone survey of 500 likely voters in Louisiana. His Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, drew 35 percent, while 3 percent like some other candidate and 9 percent are undecided.

In April, Vitter posted a similar lead over Melancon.

Since January, Vitter’s support has not fallen below the 50 percent mark considered critical for incumbents, ranging instead from 52 percent to 57 percent. Melancon, by contrast, has been unable to break out of the 30s.

The Republican leads by nearly 30 points among male voters and by 11 points among women. He holds a 3-to-1 advantage among voters not affiliated with either major party.

Vitter has accused Melancon of supporting President Obama’s six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling following the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. In a state highly dependent on the oil industry, voters strongly support both offshore and deepwater drilling despite the environmental catastrophe that is already washing oil onto Louisiana shores. Melancon has denied the accusation, part of Vitter’s continuing effort to link the Democrat to the president who is unpopular in the state.

Melancon is one of the few Democrats in Congress who voted against the national healthcare law, which remains highly unpopular in Louisiana. Almost 70 percent of the state’s voters favor repeal of that law, well above voter sentiments nationally. Just 28 percent oppose repeal. This includes 58 percent who strongly favor repeal, and 16 percent who strongly oppose it.

Just over 75 percent of those who strongly favor repeal support Vitter, while 72 percent of those in the much smaller group who strongly oppose it back Melancon.

Nearly 60 percent of Louisiana voters favor passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in their state, slightly higher than the view nationally. One-fourth oppose such a law in Louisiana, and 17 percent are not sure.

Three-fourths of Louisiana voters support one of the chief provisions of the Arizona law, requiring a local police officer to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a traffic violation or some other kind of violation if he suspects that person is an illegal immigrant.

Just over 30 percent consider themselves members of the tea party movement, nearly twice the level of membership nationally. Half say they are not members, but 18 percent are not sure.

Almost 85 percent of tea party members and 61 percent of those who are not sure support Vitter.

Just over half of Louisiana voters say the tea party movement is good for the country, while 23 percent think it’s a bad thing.

Only 40 percent approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, unchanged from April, while 58 percent disapprove. This is well below his job approval ratings nationally as measured with the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

One-fourth of the state’s voters hold a very favorable opinion of Vitter, while 14 percent view him very unfavorably. Melancon, a member of Congress since 2005, is viewed very favorably by 20 percent and very unfavorably by 17 percent.

At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with a strong opinion more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.

In 2008, Rasmussen Reports projected nationally that Obama would defeat John McCain 52 percent-46 percent. Obama won 53 percent-46 percent. Four years earlier, Rasmussen Reports projected the vote totals for both George W. Bush and John Kerry within half a percentage point.

In Louisiana, Rasmussen polled on two races during the 2008 campaign. In the race for president, Rasmussen polling showed John McCain beating Barack Obama 57 percent-41 percent margin. In the election, McCain outpolled Obama 59 percent-40 percent.

In the 2008 Senate race in Louisiana, Mary Landrieu defeated John Kennedy 52 percent-46 percent. The final Rasmussen poll before the election showed Landrieu winning 53 percent-43 percent.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obama Promotes Surging Economy as Midterm Elections Near

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 13:46 PM

Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the G . . .

Bobby Jindal: I Will Decide in 2015 Whether to Run for President

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 11:57 AM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says that he is "thinking" and "praying" about whether or not he will run for president in 2 . . .

Texas' Perry Says Disparaging Lehmberg Tweet Unauthorized

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 11:05 AM

A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Dem . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved