Fox poll suggests widening lead for Blackburn

Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn speaks at a business forum in Nashville on Aug. 15, 2018 (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

A Fox News poll shows Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn with 50% support, up 2 percentage points from the last time the survey was conducted in early October. Meanwhile, the poll found support for Democrat Phil Bredesen dropped 2 points to 41%.

The poll conducted for Fox by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Co. gets an A rating from the polling site FiveThirtyEight. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

(UPDATE: A CNN/SSRS poll — rated A-minus by FiveThirty Eight — finds Blackburn with a 4-point lead over Bredesen after previously finding the Democrat with a 5-point lead in September. Two other polls show Blackburn with 8-point leads: Emerson College which is rated at B+, and Cygnal, which gets a B.)

Blackburn’s lead in the Fox poll comes despite 55% of Democrats saying they are extremely interested in the election, compared with 48% of Republicans who say the same. At the same time, 92% of Democrats said they support Bredesen, while 87% of Republicans said they support Blackburn.

Approval of President Donald Trump was 58%, while 39% said the disapproved.

The poll included a sample of 54% self-identified Republicans and 35% Democrats.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee had a 54%-37% lead over Democrat Karl Dean, according to the poll.

8 Responses to Fox poll suggests widening lead for Blackburn

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    Sadly, it’s not just Faux News. Bredesen would do well to keep his mouth shut on occasion, but at least he neither lies nor plays coy.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I couldn’t agree more! If you are a politically knowledgeable Democrat you are a member of a party that is lead and is overwhelmingly populated by leftists. . .liberals, progressives, social Democrats because you are a leftist. The “I am simply a bipartisan moderate” act and Operation Distraction in which Bredesen sought to talk about anything other than his ideology couldn’t really be pulled off over a long campaign because Marsha and her friends wouldn’t let him get away with it and to his credit, Bredesen really doesn’t have the personality to successfully dissemble over such a long period of time. Apparently it simply boils down to the fact that Bredesen is a liberal, the majority of voters in Tennessee are tepid or strong conservatives so Phil Bredesen will not be Tennessee’s junior senator come January.

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    Donna Locke says:

    I misread “self-identified Republican” as “self-inflicted Republican.”

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    Jc says:

    Democrats have wasted their $$$ ???

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    MarLE says:

    The Article Says……………At the same time, 92% of Democrats said they support Bredesen, while 87% said they support Blackburn.
    I’d say there is a 40-40 chance these numbers exceed the customary and mathematically-required total.

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