Reuters poll: Tennessee Senate race within statistical tie

Democratic candidate and former Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn shake hands after the 2018 Tennessee U.S. Senate Debate at The University of Tennessee Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)

A new Reuters poll shows the Tennessee Senate race within a statistical tie. The online survey has Republican Marsha Blackburn with 47% support, compared with 44% for Democrat Phil Bredesen. The poll’s margin or error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Pollster Ipsos gets a B-plus rating from the FiveThirtyEight.com.

According to a release about the Reuters/Ipsos/Univeristy of Virginia poll conducted between Oct. 4 and Oct. 11:

In the generic ballot question, however, Republicans lead Democrats by 8 points (50% to 42%, respectively), making this close race all the more interesting, as Bredesen appears to be over-performing on multiple partisan measures.

Among likely voters, 53% approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President, as opposed to 46% who disapprove. The top issue in determining the vote in Tennessee is healthcare (17%), followed by immigration (13%) and the economy (12%). On this issue, 40% of likely voters feel that Bredesen has the better policy as opposed to 38% who feel that Blackburn has the better policy.

Likely voters in Tennessee are more likely to report they do not believe the allegations of sexual conduct against Kavanaugh (48%) compared to 35% who do. When asked, 51% of likely voters support Kavanaugh’s nomination while 39% oppose it. On the issue of the Supreme Court, 41% of likely voters report that Blackburn has a better policy, compared to 32% who report that Bredesen has the better policy.

5 Responses to Reuters poll: Tennessee Senate race within statistical tie

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    That should jolt the “you got this one Marsha” crowd out of their complacency just as early voting begins. Exactly what the doctor ordered!

  • James White says:

    Send Marsha Deep State Blackburn Home. For Good.

  • MarLE says:

    Anyone know what Marsha’s ad means when she says she wants to deport “criminal illegal immigrants”. Only a fraction of the estimated 20 M are criminals. What does she want to happen to the vast majority of them? And the wall…..half of illegal immigrants have “jumped their visas” which is what they will all do when a wall is built. They will simply come in on work or tourist visas and disappear into the wind, at which point I guess Marsha will only want to deport them if they are “criminals”.

    • Donna Locke says:

      MarLE, it is safe to say at this point that nothing is going to be done that actually reduces immigration, legal or illegal. When our leaders-to-doom pretend to fiddle with one program or enforcement failure, they open the gates wider somewhere/somehow else. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” The business, including farm, lobby owns Congress.

      As noted by recent researchers, the number of illegal aliens here now is far higher than the Census estimates. Always has been, according to labor analysts and others. The Center for Immigration Studies uses Census estimates in its work, for credibility purposes and just to have something to work with, but they know the numbers are wrong. Too low and unchanging to be accurate

      Thanks for keeping the subject in the conversation.

      As I’ve said, the Republicans deserve what will happen to them. It’s coming.

    • Silence Dogood says:

      And Liberals are actually getting what they deserve right now….. It’s arrived.

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