Alaska Poll Has Pro-Life Joe Miller Leading With Pro-Abortion Murkowski Running
by Steven Ertelt
September 21, 2010
Juneau, AK (LifeNews.com) — Even with pro-abortion Sen. Lisa Murkowski running as a write-in candidate, a new Rasmussen Reports poll shows pro-life Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller with a lead. Miller is the candidate who defeat Murkowski in a surprise primary election battle for the heart of the GOP in the state.
Miller attracts 42% of the vote in the first Rasmussen Reports poll of the Alaska Senate race since GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her write-in campaign to try to keep her job.
The telephone survey of likely voters shows Murkowski picking up 27% of the vote and Democrat Scott McAdams earning 25%. One percent of Alaskans prefer another candidate and 5 percent remain undecided.
Miller, fueled by an endorsement from pro-life former Governor Sarah Palin and by strong Tea Party support, was the upset winner over Murkowski in the August primary. Despite pleas from the GOP leadership to accept the primarys verdict, Murkowksi announced a write-in campaign late last Friday.
"Polling for write-in campaigns is always challenging, so results should be interpreted with caution," says pollster Scott Rasmussen.
"For this survey, Rasmussen Reports asked respondents about a choice between Miller and McAdams without mentioning Murkowski. That is the choice voters will see when they enter the voting booth. However, when response options were offered to survey respondents, Murkowskis name was mentioned," he explained.
Miller picks up a solid majority of Republican voters, while McAdams wins most Democrats. Among unaffiliated voters, the three candidates are essentially even.
The Rasmussen poll showed 79% of Millers voters say they’re sure they will vote for him and won’t change their minds before Election Day. Seventy-one percent of Murkowskis voters say the same, as do 66% of McAdams voters.
The result of the Alaska Senate race is important to the question of whether or not pro-abortion Democrats or pro-life Republicans will control the Senate.
With pro-abortion Democrats in control, the ObamaCare bill that contains massive abortion funding received approval and the Senate has turned back pro-life efforts to limit taxpayer support for abortion in other instances.
Additionally, the Senate approved pro-abortion Supreme Court nominees Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, who continue the 5-4 pro-abortion majority on the nation’s high court — which approved the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that has led to more than 52 million abortions.
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