Poll Fodder for the Weekend
Taken from the ProJo’s 7to7 blog:
A new poll by the independent pollster Rasmussen Reports finds Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, edging ahead of incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, 46 percentage points to 41.
The margin of error in the poll of 500 likely voters was 4.5 percent, according to Rasmussen Reports.
If Republicans nominate Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey, Whitehouse would have a larger lead: 57 percent to 29 percent, according to Rasmussen.
The independent pollster has run surveys in Rhode Island for several months. The polls show a positive trend for Whitehouse.
In early June, Rasmussen reported that Whitehouse trailed Chafee by two points. An earlier poll in April showed Whitehouse trailing Chafee by three points.
None of the Rasmussen polls have tested Chafee against Laffey.
The governor’s race remains neck-and-neck, with Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty, a Democrat, one point ahead of incumbent Republican Governor Carcieri, 43 percent to 42 percent. The two have been within a point of each other in the last three Rasmussen polls.