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WI: 2010 Sen (Rasmussen 2/17)

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Rasmussen
2/17/10; 500 likely voters, 4.5% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(Rasmussen release)

Wisconsin

2010 Senate (trends)
48% Thompson (R), 43% Feingold (D)
47% Feingold (D), 37% Westlake (R)
47% Feingold (D), 39% Wall (R)

Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama: 47 / 52 (chart)
Gov. Doyle: 40 / 60 (chart)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Tommy Thompson: 63 / 34
Russ Feingold: 50 / 48 (chart)
Terrence Wall: 34 / 35
Dave Westlake: 33 / 31

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

Thompson was a innafective governor, who took lots of undeserved credit for welfare reform. He used that as a rouse.

Fiengold has lots more money, and is a decisive leader.

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BH:

"Thompson was a innafective governor, who took lots of undeserved credit for welfare reform. He used that as a rouse."

Yet he's +5 after making statements he won't run. Ineffective or not, he's better than even money to win this seat should he want it.

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Farleftandproud:

Thompson had an unfavorable rating a few months ago when he wasn't polled on Rasmussen. Republicans are on the offensive as the party of no, while people like Feingold are actually doing something. Of course, likely voters would favor the guy out of power.

Polls are never that accurate anyhow. VT is way more liberal than WI, and the best known Democratic candidate had only a 2 point lead to a do nothing LT Governor.

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Farleftandproud:

Here is what I found....Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson was announced as the newest advisor to a Peak Ridge Capital Group venture capital fund.

Besides from the fact, I am going to find fault with all Republicans, my bad memory of Tommy Thompson in the Bush administration was his promotion of abstinence programs. Teen pregnancy increased in many areas, and girls north of Boston made a pregnancy pact. They were only about 15 or 16. 20 of them got pregnant. This city was heavily Catholic and bought the abstinence platform. Thankfully VT was one of the 8 states that didn't buy into this program.

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Farleftandproud:

Tommy Thompson was health and human services under George W. Bush (What a lovely title). I think many WI natives will remember him as a governor though.

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LordMike:

Rasmussen is really, really trying to get Tommy Thompson into the race... how many more polls will they run on him? It's about time for Thompson to go public. I realize that Rasmussen calls itself a media company now, like Fox News, but this is getting ridiculous polling people that aren't in the race at this point in time.

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captamericausa:

I live in Wisconsin - Madison. What I remember very clearly is the cap he wanted to put on individuals with disabilities receiving services. If I remember correctly, it was the $2000 cap law. I have never personally seen a larger protest at the Capitol on that day.

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Farleftandproud:

I think Pataki who is undecided knows he could run a strong campaign, but after seeing Thompson's record, he knows that with his history as governor and being H@HS Secretary under Bush, Feingold would have a lot to attack.

Feingold may have been twice divorced and is more liberal on social issues than Obama, but his standing against the Iraq war from the start and his "take charge" attitude resonates with voters.

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Farleftandproud:

The one reason Pataki may not run in NY is even if 2010 is a bad Republican year, he will be serving for just 2 years. NY is a heavy blue state and Democrats have won in presidential elections by 15 points.

Gillibrand who I know pretty well since she is from the part of NY near the VT state line. She may not be that popular yet, but I can honestly say she is not a machine politician, and upstate politicians in NY have a hard time, and she is a refreshing change. She is very independent and very "upstate" Ny being from Saratoga Springs. The Albany state house is filled with corrupt bureacrats on both sides.

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Farleftandproud:

The winner of the NY senate seat held by Hillary will have to run in 2012 too.

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Field Marshal:

Feingold is a farleft hack that only resonates on the campus in Madison. Outside of their, he is basically just to the right of Mao.

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Field Marshal:

LM,

Of course fox news is a media company. All news organizations are.

And Ras is not the only polling firm that polls people not in the race. PPP does it all the time. In fact, you can vote on their website as to whom you would like to see included in the next poll.

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Rockym92:

I don't understand why people whine about Rasmussen running hypothetical polls of the best possible challenger that the opposition party could field.

It's very intriguing to see how an incumbent would fare against top tier opposition. Were you guys crying when Ras was doing it on 08 for dems that weren't in the race yet against republican incumbents?

Until the primaries are completed I'd like to see as many polls with as many different people as possible.

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Field Marshal:

They whine whenever one of their precious dems is trailing a rep which is why there has been A LOT of whining on these boards lately.

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Farleftandproud:

I think someone mentioned that Feingold is so popular at University of Wisconsin where there are probably a lot of liberals. That has been a scheme of Republicans for years, trying to link every Democratic candidate to these liberal thinkers on college campuses The new GOP trend is to paint people like Feingold, Obama, Boxer and others as liberal elitists, yet in the case of Boxer here challenger is a self made billionaire and it sounds like whether it is Thompson or the other candidates in WI they are all top dog business people. If the GOP wants to populist edge to them, they are going in the wrong direction by picking people who buy their way to the top.

I think Hoeven in ND sounds like a good honest candidate with a strong track record but many of the others are going to try to reach out to poor people in small towns, and I just don't think people like Carly Fiorina and others like her. Tarkanian in NV is another pefect example of a smooth talking businessman with virtually no experience trying to unseat Harry Reid. It is actually kind of sad that the foreclosures in NV and the loss of 401 k's are a result of Bush tax cuts and other policies which killed our economy. Reid tried to at least do something about it and now he gets the blame. That is typical of the American intelligence and rationale.

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Ryan:

I think it's very odd the way that people use "the party of no". If a representative of a state is against things that the people of his state are against (like the current healthcare reform, stimulus, bailouts, etc.), than isn't being against it a positive for the people of the state?

"Tarkanian in NV is another pefect example of a smooth talking businessman with virtually no experience trying to unseat Harry Reid."
-can anyone who voted for Obama really use the no experience argument?

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Field Marshal:

Agreed Ryan. In a 2006 article with Time magazine, Nancy Pelosi, then minority leader, talked about how she was proud of being the party of no and that she didn't need to put forth ideas because the Reps would put them into power on their own.

I guess the chickens came home to roost.

"-can anyone who voted for Obama really use the no experience argument? "

That's what i'm saying. Apparently it only matters if a Republican has no experience.

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Xenobion:

The times article by Bacon just creates a story about Nancy Pelosi saying no to everything. No direct quotes from Pelosi whatsoever. And as we know that was not the case as the Dems ended up buckling on the budgets despite their concerns. It ended up paying off for them with seats though.

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Field Marshal:

"In June 2005, I wrote an article for Salon headlined, “Just say no.” I interviewed Pelosi for the story. An excerpt:

[Democrats will] "absolutely" run on their refusal to capitulate to Republican policies, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared in an interview. But compared with the Republicans of 1994, she said, "We have a stronger case.""

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/06/17/democrats/index2.html

Facts are stacking up against you X.

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jim atmadison:

Rasmussen telephone poll favors Republican! In other news,the sun rose in the east this morning.

Actually, Tommy won't be running for a high profile office again. There was talk about him being a VEEP candidate in '08, but that quickly died. The old Kingfish knows too many people remember the toll booth he had set up outside the Governor's office, the prison building scam, and lots and lots more. When he was tabbed by Bush to go to DC, he was one step ahead of a major scandal-fest.

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