Online poll has Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race even

Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen and Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn speak at the 2018 Tennessee U.S. Senate Debate at Cumberland University Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Lebanon, Tenn. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean, pool)

An online NBC/Survey Monkey poll has the Senate race in Tennessee between Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen tied at 42% each among registered voters.

The poll isn’t held in particularly high regard by polling site FiveThirtyEight.com, which gives it a D-minus rating. A previous Axios/Survey Monkey poll on Aug. 23 had Blackburn with a 14-point lead among registered voters.

The latest poll found Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee with 46% support, compared with 35% for Democrat Karl Dean.

The survey found 53% approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing, while 46% disapprove. The highest number of respondents, 26%, said jobs and the economy are their top issue, followed closely by health care at 25%. Next were immigration (15%), education (8%), the environment (7%), and terrorism (5%).

Seventy-eight percent had a positive impression of the state economy, while 22% said it was negative.

Asked whether a pledge to expand Medicaid in the state would affect their vote in November, 40% said it would make them more likely to vote for a candidate, 24% less likely, and 35% said it would make no difference.

Among other findings:

  • Race relations: 50% said they are staying the same, 33% said they are getting worse, and 16% said they are getting better.
  • Moving confederate monuments: 31% support, 69% oppose.
  • Raising taxes to pay for better infrastructure: 56% willing, 44% unwilling.
  • Raising taxes to pay for better public schools: 55% willing, 44% unwilling.
  • State legislature: 57% approve, 40% disapprove.

 

19 Responses to Online poll has Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race even

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Which means quite a few voters who voted for Trump are determined to vote for Governor “Moderate” who can be expected to oppose Trump’s initiatives about 80% of the time. Nothing like taking the time to go to the polls and vote against yourself within two years in consecutive elections.

  • cjmcd says:

    We gotta’ have Marsha in the fed Senate, otherwise life in America will change drastically…………..for the WORSE.

  • MarLE says:

    A little over a month ago Blackburn had a 14 point lead and now the same polling company (with a D- rating) has the race even? And we should pay any attention to this why? Trump won TN with 60% of the vote and a 26 point margin over the Dems. Why on earth is this not a shoe-in? This latest poll must be so wrong! Who does it help to put out such misleading information?

  • James White says:

    Many Constitutionalists and Conservatives that voted for Trump did not know what he would do. But We know what Marsha has done and are tired of the Big Government that she supports. We may have voted for Trump but we are not voting for Marsha “Deep State, NeoCon, Blackburn”.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      And if you all don’t vote for Marsha then the Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen will win and he is certain to vote to give control of the Senate to Chuck Schumer and his ultra-liberal Democrats who will then give us Small Government and an isolationist foreign policy. Thank-you.

      You’ll have to excuse me now, it’s time for me to take my medication.

    • MarLE says:

      Of course he knew exactly what he’d do based on his daily canpaign promisies……he told you he’d build a wall that Mexico would pay for. He told you he’d investigate Hillary. He told you he’d sign a tax bill that would eliminate loopholes like carried interest and that wouldn’t help him or people like him “not one Penny” and he told you anyone here illegally would not be rewarded. And of course he told you that adding to the debt was a bad thing that should stop What? You’ve seen all these things come to pass, right?

      • James White says:

        HE told us he would get us out of NAFTA, nope.

        • MarLE says:

          And he did….it’s USMCA. It’s not Nafta. There’s a wall on the So border. Hillary and her foundation have been investigated and she’s in jail where she belongs. The tax bill has helped no rich person, not one penny. DACA “ingrates” have not been granted legal status. Our budget is balanced so therefore signed by the President and our debt is being reduced. The tax code has been stripped of loopholes and fairness is evident by the fact that architects and engineers (and no one else) gets 20% of their income exempt from taxation. AND we have gotten rid of NAFTA. you are just a hard nut to crack, James.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            And that’s why, the last we heard, MarLE intends to vote for Marsha. She knows that Trump has been unable to fulfill a number of these promises because there are too many centrist/tepid conservative Republicans along with liberal Democrats who oppose many of the Trump initiatives and electing a liberal Democrat like Bredesen from a state like Tennessee would only aggravate an already aggravating situation.

          • James White says:

            Yep, He sounds Like Marsha when she comes to town. Talks out of the Right side of her mouth, how she is against big government and all, then goes back to DC and pulls the Left lever.

          • James White says:

            Stuart, the Executive Branch has been lost for about 100 years. Like government schools, It can’t be fixed. The Deep State is in control. Our only hope is the House. Period.

          • MarLE says:

            Hillary’s lack of investigation is on Trump. The lack of Mexico paying is on Trump. HE signed the blown-up budget and the crappy tax bill. Daca he called a bill of Love. There’s a veto pen, if he wanted to get tough on any one of these issues.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            No one who has a lifetime Heritage score of 82% pulls the “Left lever” all that often. If “Our only hope is the House” then there’s good news. Mark Green will be the new congressman from the Seventh District and he will almost surely be more conservative than Marsha, David Kustoff has proven to be much more conservative than Steven Fincher in the Eighth, and with any luck this should be Roe’s last term in the First, and this most liberal Republican in the Tennessee Republican House delegation will hopefully be replaced by the legendary conservative Rep. Timothy Hill. Perhaps it’s “three yards and a cloud of dust” but things are moving in the right direction.

    • Eddie White says:

      This race is close not because of conservatives and constitutionalist, they are overwhelmingly behind Blackburn. This race is close because of the moderate Republicans, particularly in east Tennessee that are supporting Bredesen.

  • James White says:

    Kustoff (R) got a worse score then Socialist Steve Cohen (D)
    Kustoff:30%
    Cohen:40%
    Heritage must not use the Constitution as the grading scale.
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/freedomindex/pdf/Freedom_Index_115-3.pdf

    • MarLE says:

      Their methodology must be fairly messed up with different things weighted differently. I know what matters to me and I don’t need to rely onheritage or any other foundation to do the calculation for me. I am looking at immigration/border sovereignty, taxation fairness, budget. And if you are wrong on these issues (according to me) OR you embrace those who are wrong, failing to speak up about them, then your 82% is meaningless to me. We all know that Congressmen are exempted from this vote or that vote when their vote isn’t necessary. So voting against a deficit budget but hugging up on the President who signed it into law isn’t sending a strong message regarding runaway spending. That kind of ‘double-speak”- isn’t being measured in a Heritage score.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        The last time I looked by the end of each congress Heritage would have considered about 60 key votes plus about a dozen key legislation introduction or sponsorships in order to come up with their ratings. Their rating system over time gives one about the best overview of the ideological moorings of a member of congress that I have seen. Of course, there are single issue voters, or few issue voters who don’t care about overviews.

  • James White says:

    Stuart, If your spouse was faithful 82% of the time?????

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      It all depends. If I was crazy enough to marry a liberal woman hopefully I would at least be smart enough to realize that with an 82% she was outperforming what should have been my reasonable expectations.

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