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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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Who cares what 6/10 Democratic voters think about her qualifications?

September 29 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

If she knows our constitution and upholds our bill of rights and votes according to the will of the people she represents, she,s more than qualified.

September 22 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Is she qualified? Better yet is Barack Hussein Obama qualified to run a lemonade stand? And still yet when you consider the horrific mess the entire US government is in are any government employees qualified? In the real world with what Obama has done he wouldn't have lasted a day. In fact with his shaddy past he would not have been hired!

September 22 2010 at 9:01 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Allan's comment

This sums it up well!

September 22 2010 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No matter the canadiate lets have a dialog on the issues not their so called personnel life. I have not heard one thing against O'Donnel stand on things she wants changed in government all of it is partial truth and flat out lies about her personnel life. In a team sport (which political parties really are) once someone is voted for with a large majority they win and the rest of the team rallies around them that happens in business, sports and other areas. I guess that it just another demonstration on how the established political people Rep or Dem (example Kasstle and the women in Alaska) think they are above what we the people who elect them want. Imangine walking into your boss and saying that the person he picked over you for a job that you will not support or work with for the common good of the company in fact I will work with my team the way I want I know there would be a security guard and a brown box in by office by the time I got back from the discussion with my boss. Another example of why we need to get these people out.

September 22 2010 at 8:35 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

If the mud slingers had to stop and address the issues they would be in big trouble. WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS COMING AT US!!! If the dems get away with cap and trade and all of the health care bill this couintry is so screwed. Under CAP AND TRADE small business would face a barrage of E P A rules that will shut many of them down because they can not fix all of the new rules fast enough to survive. A lot of the coal companys will have to shut down. Peoples electricty bills will be five and six hundred dollars just for a small household. Obama himself said this. My question is, how is it that you never see these new rules posted anywhere so the people can understand these nightmare bills. I do not know what the poor seniors will do when Obama care takes effect. My sistwer gets 790.00 social security a month and the new medicade charges for all seniors are expected to go up to as much as 285.00 a month. Why is it you do not here about this? All you here from AARP is buy Hartford insurance. Poor people can not afford this. Some are getting by after they have worked all ther life on soup and bread. Many can not afford air condition and heat. Obama Care cut five billion from the seniors program in the name of wastful spending and turned around and gave themselves huge raises. They say a lot of what they are doing is based on the average household making 50000.00 dollars a year. GIVE ME A BREAK. How many people do you know in the blue collar work force is making that kind of money. PEOPLE THIS IS 25.00 PER HR TO EQUAL 50000.00 A YEAR. The governmert workers and union workers are getting that kind of money, but not your every day blue collar worker. PEOPLE, WE MUST ADDRESS THE ISSUES. WE HAVE TO THROW OUT ALL OF THE SELF SERVING POLITICIONS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS!!!!

September 22 2010 at 8:19 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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September 22 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

A couple of questions then. How does one become "qualified" if they don't get a chance to serve? It seems that most of the people who are considered qualified are the worst people to have served. Wasn't it just two years ago when we were told that a community organizer that never held a job was qualified to be the leader of the free world? It seems like another case of this is good enough for my side, but not for you.

September 21 2010 at 9:49 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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The difference is that Obama didn't have the finance spending questions that O'Donnell has during this race. Plus she's said some pretty out there things already. Not to mention her total lack of any experience in any government position, and lack of employment for 8 years.

September 22 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

You might look to things such as being knowledgable about the Constitution, the legislative process, and world events. Include being intelligent enough to digest massive amounts of information on difficult subjects. Being traveled, things of that sort.

October 13 2010 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Harry Reid can qualify to be a senator and Pelosi qualifies for speaker of the house. Then Mickey Mouse can be a senator and so can this girl.

September 21 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Hello Eileen

I dare say if Harry Reid is qualified to be a Senator, then heck yes, O'Donnell is qualified.

September 21 2010 at 6:53 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

I hope she doesn't believe in voodoo dolls..however I think she would be good for the Repubs and fodder for Fox News..oh wait that would be MSNBC Fox doesn't trash their own. LOL

September 21 2010 at 6:40 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Qualifications?? The reason she won the primary is simply and chiefly because those qualified Senators who are currently serving have screwed up the country. The people are not happy that almost 1 out of 10 qualified working people do not have a job. In fact, she may have as much executive experience as the current President had when he ran for office.

September 21 2010 at 6:35 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply


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