Eye on the Senate: Our Latest Round-up of Polls on the Races

Posted June 11, 2008 at 2:12pm

Here’s our latest update on Senate race polls from around the country:


**New Jersey:** In contrast to a Rasmussen Reports poll yesterday that showed a tight race, a Quinnipiac University survey conducted June 5-8 has Democrat Frank Lautenberg ahead of former Republic Rep. Dick Zimmer by 47 percent to 38 percent. The margin of error is 2.6 percent. Lautenberg’s favorability rating is 46 percent positive to 35 percent negative which Quinnipiac says is his highest disapproval rating in 12 years of surveys. A problem Zimmer faces is that 67 percent of voters don’t know enough about him to have a favorable or unfavorable opinion. New Jerseyans say 54 percent to 41 percent that the 84 year old Lautenberg is too old to effectively serve another full term, and even Democrats are pretty evenly divided on that. The Rasmussen poll conducted June 4 had Lautenberg 45 percent to 44 percent over Zimmer. But Rasmussen noted that in New Jersey, where a Republican has not won statewide office since 1997, the races usually start tight and then the Democrat pulls away closer to election day. CQ Politics rates this race “Democrat Favored.”