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Poll: 6 in 10 Say Christine O'Donnell Not Qualified to Be Delaware's Senator

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Fox News has rolled out another series of polls on key gubernatorial and Senate races around the nation conducted for it by Pulse Opinion Research, a new survey venture begun by Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports, and one of the findings is that 6 of 10 Delaware voters don't believe GOP nominee Christine O'Donnell is qualified to be a senator.

In addition to Delaware, the four polls released today cover Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nevada and are pretty much in line with what other surveys have been finding in those states. The polls of likely voters were conducted Sept. 18 and have a margin of error of 3 points. Click on the names of the states to see the polls.


Democrat Chris Coons is leading newly-minted Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell by 54 percent to 39 percent in the Senate race with 2 percent preferring some other candidate and 5 percent undecided. Only 11 percent of voters say they could yet change their minds. Eight-five percent of O'Donnell supporters and 91 percent of Coons backers say they have definitely decided on their choice.
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Sixty percent say O'Donnell is not qualified to be a senator while an equal number say Coons is.

Forty-one percent say their vote will be intended as a vote to express opposition to the Tea Party, while 26 percent say it will be a vote for the Tea Party and 30 percent say the Tea Party is not a factor in their thinking.

Had longtime GOP congressman and former governor Michael Castle won the GOP nomination, he would be leading Coons 48 percent to 33 percent with 19 percent undecided or preferring another choice.


Republican Sharron Angle leads Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 46 percent to 45 percent with 9 percent undecided, preferring neither or some other candidate.


Republican Pat Toomey leads Democrat Joe Sestak by 48 percent to 40 percent with 4 percent preferring some other candidate and 8 percent undecided. Eighteen percent of voters say they could still change their minds, but 84 percent of Toomey backers say their decision is certain. Three-quarters of Sestak's supporters say they are sure votes for him.

In the governor's race, Republican Tom Corbett leads Democrat Dan Onorato 49 percent to 39 percent with 3 percent preferring some other candidate and 9 percent undecided.


Republican Rob Portman leads Democrat Lee Fisher by 49 percent to 36 percent with 3 percent preferring someone else and 11 percent undecided. That's a 6 point net gain for Portman since the Sept. 11 poll. Fourteen percent of voters say they could change their minds. Eight-one percent of Portman voters say their minds are made up as do 86 percent of those who back Fisher.

In the governor's race, Republican John Kasich Leads Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland by 47 percent to 41 percent with 2 percent preferring someone else and 10 percent undecided.

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