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The former governor Phil Bredesen has a 10 point advantage over the representative of the USA. UU Marsha Blackburn in the race to succeed the US Senator. UU Bob Corker, according to a new survey from Middle Tennessee State University.

The poll, published on Thursday, found that 45 percent of 600 registered voters in Tennessee said they would choose Bredesen, a Democrat and former mayor of Nashville, if the elections were held immediately.

Blackburn, a Republican from Brentwood, got 35%, and another 17% of respondents said he was not sure.

Three percent of respondents declined to respond.

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The latest survey is the first survey published this year that suggests that Bredesen has a double-digit lead over Blackburn.

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President Donald Trump shares the stage with Governor Bill Haslam, Representative Diane Black, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Senator Lamar Alexander and the representative. Marsha Blackburn and other legislators at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Nashville. (Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

The MTSU poll also found that Bredesen had a considerable advantage over Blackburn in terms of gaining support from voters across the aisle.

45% of self-styled independents said they would vote for Bredesen, while only 33 percent said they would vote for Blackburn, according to the poll.

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Twenty percent of Republicans who responded said they would vote for Bredesen while 5 percent of Democrats said they would vote for Blackburn.

The political composition of the respondents included 34 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of independents. Another 8 percent said "something else."

In an interview, Ken Blake, director of the MTSU survey, said Bredesen's support among Republicans is not surprising given his popularity within the party when he was governor from 2003 to 2011.

"I think part of that goodwill or social capital that he accumulated as governor may be paying dividends for him now, "Blake said.


Marsha Blackburn went to the annual dinner of the Reagan Day of the Republican Party of the County of Williamson while it fights by the seat in the Senate of the EE. UU Which currently occupies Bob Corker.
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On the other hand, Blake said that Blackburn is trying to attract more "central conservatives".

"If it ends up having to attract some moderate Democrats or Republicans who are inclined Independent, it could be a challenge," Blake said.

The MTSU poll is the latest survey indicating that Bredesen would beat Blackburn in a heads-up duel. Last month, a poll by a Democratic trend firm showed Bredesen had a 5 percent lead over Blackburn.

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But other polls have shown that Blackburn would beat Bredesen.

With so many respondents still unsure about the race, Blake guessed that many Tennessees were distracted by the steady flow of news and developments in Washington, DC

The MTSU survey did not include questions about other Republican candidates seeking the nomination for the US Senate UU and name recognition for Blackburn and Bredesen.


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They also seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate, Williamson County businessman Darrell Lynn, Memphis Grofly exophthalmologist Rolando Toyos and perennial candidate Larry Crim.

Corker announced in September that it would not seek a third term. He reiterated that decision in February.

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In the latest MTSU survey , conducted in October, the respondents intervened on the favorability of Blackburn and Bredesen, and others.

Governor's Race

Beyond the US Senate race, the latest MTSU poll included questions about the governor's career, as well as the views of voters on Corker, President Donald Trump, US Senator Lamar Alexander and Governor Bill Haslam.

The survey found that 30 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd and US Rep. Diane Black.

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, had a positive opinion among 26 percent of the respondents, followed by House Speaker, Beth Harwell, Republican for Nashville, who scored 23 percent .

Bill Lee, Williamson County businessman, and Craig Fitzhugh, minority leader of the House of Representatives, followed suit. 16 percent of respondents have a positive opinion of each candidate.

Fitzhugh and Dean seek the Democratic nomination, while Black, Boyd, Harwell and Lee seek the nomination of the Republican Party.

In terms of negative points of view, Black led the way. A total of 38 percent of respondents said they had a negative opinion of her. The respondents ranked Dean second in terms of negative views with 32 percent.

In the October survey of MTSU, 31 percent of the respondents had a negative opinion of Black.

In the last survey, the negative opinions of the other candidates were: Harwell, 29 percent; Fitzhugh, 28 percent; Lee, 24 percent; and Boyd, 23 percent.

Blake said the biggest findings in the governor's career are how many people remain undecided. Approximately a quarter of respondents said they did not know or favor or oppose any of the gubernatorial candidates, leaving room for applicants to get support.

"The unusually interesting political dramas that are unfolding in Washington at this time should be a distraction for everyone in the country, as well as for voters in Tennessee," he said.

Presidential approval rating

The survey found that 50 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Trump's job performance, while 41 percent disapproved. Eight percent said they did not know, and another one percent refused to respond.

The president's approval rating is similar to the October MTSU survey, which found 50 percent approved of his work and 41 percent disapproved.

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"The president's stable approval ratings in Tennessee could be a positive sign for Blackburn, who has aligned with him in his campaign advertising," Blake said in a press release. "But the same figures they indicate that it is a polarizing figure, which could be a problem for Blackburn if it ends up needing help from voters "outside the Trump base"

Other approval ratings

The survey found that the respondents had approval ratings for the following officers and legislative bodies:

  • 41% approval from Corker, compared to 45% in October
  • 39% approval from Alexander, compared to 45 percent in October
  • 58 percent approval of Haslam, compared with 56 percent in October
  • 47 percent approval by the state legislature, compared with 48 percent in October, and
  • 14 percent approval n of the United States Congress, compared with 13 percent in October.

The survey was conducted between March 22 and 29 using cell phones and landlines and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. It is not immediately how many Republicans, Democrats and independents participated in the survey.

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