Oklahoma Senate: Coburn (R) 65%, Rogers (D) 31%

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August 1, 2010

Rasmussen Reports

Republican incumbent Tom Coburn continues to hold a commanding lead over Jim Rogers, the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic Primary, in Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds Coburn leading Rogers by better than two-to-one, 65% to 31%.  Only one percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, while four percent (4%) are undecided.

Last month, Coburn led Rogers 65% to 26% in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at this matchup.  In March, Coburn outdistanced the state’s popular Democratic governor, Brad Henry, in a hypothetical matchup 52% to 40%.

Coburn was first elected to the Senate in 2004 with 53% of the vote and easily defeated two Republican challengers in this week’s state GOP Primary.  Coburn says he will not seek reelection in 2016.

Coburn’s seat is considered Safely GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Republican Congresswoman Mary Fallin holds a sizable lead over Democratic Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins in Rasmussen Reports’ first post-primary look at the race for governor of Oklahoma.  The winner will be the state’s first woman governor.

This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in Oklahoma was conducted on July 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Coburn earns 90% Republican support and carries 37% of Democrats. Rogers wins 58% of the vote in his own party. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Coburn is favored 58% to 39%.

Only six percent (6%) in Oklahoma rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent, while 56% rate it as poor.  Twenty-three percent (23%) say the economy is getting better, but 51% think it’s worsening. Coburn has a sizable lead among voters who believe the economy is getting worse.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of all voters in the state say the United States is in a recession.

Twenty-percent (20%) say last year’s $787-billion economic stimulus plan helped the economy, but a plurality (45%) believes it hurt the economy.

Thirty-four percent (34%) rate their personal finances as good or excellent, while 18% say their finances are poor. Twenty percent (20%) say those finances are getting better, but more than twice as many (44%) believe they are getting worse.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters in Oklahoma share a Very Favorable opinion of Coburn, while just 14% view him Very Unfavorably. Just four percent (4%) have no opinion of the incumbent senator.

To read more, visit: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/oklahoma/election_2010_oklahoma_senate

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