Posted: Aug 21, 2012 6:12 PM by John Sherer - MTN News
A new Rasmussen Reports poll in the Montana U. S. Senate race between Denny Rehberg and Jon Tester shows a slight lead by Rehberg but that lead is less than the margin of error for the survey.
Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 47%, Tester (D) 43%
Montana Survey of 500 Likely Voters
• Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg continues to hold a modest lead over incumbent Jon Tester in Montana's U.S. Senate race.
• In Montana, Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg with 47% support to incumbent Jon Tester's 43%, while 5% prefer some other candidate, and 5% are undecided.
• The race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power projections.
• In June, the race was Rehberg 49%, Tester 47%.
• In four out of five surveys conducted this year, Rehberg's support has held steady at 47% to 49%, while Tester has polled at 43% or 44% four times since February.
• Just 8% rate the economy as good or excellent, while 57% give the economy a poor rating.
• 29% say economic conditions are getting better, 43% say they are getting worse, comparable to consumer confidence nationwide.
• Tester leads comfortably among voters who give the economy positive marks, but Rehberg holds a better than three-to-one lead among voters in the much larger group who rate the economy as poor.
• 65% share a favorable opinion of Medicare, including 24% who view the program Very Favorably, while 31% have an unfavorable opinion of Medicare, with 9% who view it Very Unfavorably. These sentiments are similar to those measured nationally.
• When it comes to the future of Medicare, 52% of Montana voters are scared more by President Obama's national health care law than by Ryan's proposal, but 37% worry more about Ryan's plan.
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence