‘Real Clear Politics’ Shows GOP Underdogs Gaining Ground

Oregon Governor: Kulongoski lead continues to slip; down to 5 pts.
Kansas Governor: Sebelius lead down to single digits
Iowa Governor: Nussle ties Culver at 46.
Ohio Governor: Strickland within 8 pts. (This should also help Senator DeWine)
Wisconsin Governor: Green within 2 pts of Doyle
Florida Governor: Crist leads by 13.
Minnesota Senate: Kennedy quickly closes 20+ gap, down by only 8 pts.
Tennessee Senate: Corker retakes lead, up by 6 pts.

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Virginia: Voters Turning Back on Jim Webb’s Lies, Allen Leads by 6 pts.

New Zealand: National Party Gains Large Lead Over Labour

What party would you vote for in the next general election?

Sept. 2006 Aug. 2006 Jul. 2006
National 49% 45% 45%
Labour 38% 43% 43%
Green 6% 3% 4%
Maori Party 3.3% 3% 2%
New Zealand First 1.4% 3% 2%
ACT 0.8% 1% 2%
United Future 0.7% 1.5% 0.8%

Source: Colmar Brunton / One News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,200 New Zealand voters, conducted from Sept. 18 to Sept. 21, 2006. Margin of error is 3.2 per cent.

Japan: Abe’s Ratings Very High

Do you approve of disapprove of Shinzo Abe’s cabinet?

Approve 65.0%
Disapprove 16.2%

Source: Kyodo News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,001 Japanese adults, conducted on Sept. 26, 2006. No margin of error was provided.

Americans Realizing UN is not Their Friend

a) Do you have a favourable or unfavourable opinion of the United Nations?

Sept. 2006 Nov. 2004
Favourable 31% 44%
Unfavourable 45% 42%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.
b) Overall, do you believe the policies of the United Nations are pro-American or anti-American?

Anti-American 37%
Pro-American 24%
Both 12%
Neither 10%
Don’t know 17%

Source: Opinion Dynamics / Fox News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 900 American likely voters, conducted on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

Georgia: Perdue Leads by 13 pts.

If the election for Governor were held today, for whom would you support, Sonny Perdue, the Republican, Mark Taylor, the Democrat, or Garrett Hayes, the Libertarian?

Sonny Perdue 51%
Mark Taylor 38%
Garrett Hayes 4%
Undecided 7%

Florida: Crist has 14 pt. Lead Over Davis

Here is a press release from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

News Release

For Immediate Release
September 26, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Krell Davis
(850) 521-1215
(850) 590-8206

Poll also shows Bill Nelson in significant lead TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 26, 2006) – Today, the Florida Chamber of Commerce released polling numbers that Attorney General Charlie Crist has a solid 14 point lead over Rep. Jim Davis in Florida’s gubernatorial race. According to the poll conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, the races for CFO and Attorney General are within the margin of error with Senate President Tom Lee and Bill McCollum leading their opponents by three points. Conducted from September 24-25, the poll surveyed 800 likely voters and has a sampling error of +/- 3 percent. The poll was weighted for age, race, gender and demographic distribution. “While Charlie Crist is leading Jim Davis by 14 points and Bill Nelson is leading Katherine Harris by 29 points, the Cabinet races are all within the margin of error” said Marian Johnson, vice president of political strategy for the Florida Chamber. “These races are flying under the voters’ radar – if the election were held today, voters would be voting strictly along party lines.” Other results include:

  • 47 percent of respondents believe that Florida is heading in the wrong direction, versus 39 percent choosing right direction;
  • Governor Jeb Bush received a 63 percent approval rating with 31 percent choosing unfavorable;
  • Florida voters chose affordable homeowners/property insurance as their top concern at 29 percent while 27 percent choose education.

“With 10 candidates and six weeks to go before the general election, we could easily see $100 million being spent on statewide races this cycle,” said Johnson.

South Korea: Public Not Happy With Roh Government

Would you say Roh Moo-hyun has failed in governing?

2006 2003
Yes 66% 41%
No 34% 59%

Source: JoongAng Ilbo
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,200 South Korean adults, conducted from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2, 2006. Margin of error is 2.8 per cent.

Condoleezza Rice Corrects Clinton’s Fuzzy Memory

“What we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years.”
“The notion that somehow for eight months the Bush administration sat there and didn’t do that is just flatly false.”