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September 08, 2008

Stevens Lead Is First All Year

A second poll today shows Alaska Senator Ted Stevens improving significantly over earlier surveys, despite his indictment on federal counts. The survey, conducted for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, even shows Stevens leading his Democratic opponent, the first time all year a public poll has showed him ahead.

The Moore Information poll, conducted for the NRSC, surveyed 500 voters between 9/2-3 for a margin of error of +/- 4.4%. Stevens and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich were tested, along with teacher Bob Bird, of the Alaskan Independence Party, and Veterans Party nominee Ted Gianoutsos.

General Election Matchup
Stevens............46
Begich.............44
Bird................2
Gianoutsos..........1

Generic GOPer......47
Generic Dem........36
Generic AIP.........5
Generic Vets.......--

McCain/Palin.......55
Obama/Biden........34
Barr/Root...........1
Nader/Gonzalez......2

The poll raises more questions than it answers, though. Despite the indictment, Stevens' job approval rating is a stellar 65% approve to 30% disapprove. Those are much more favorable numbers than any previous poll has shown all year.

Still, the poll's presidential results closely match numbers from Ivan Moore Research, a Democratic firm which released a poll over the weekend showing the McCain-Palin ticket leading by nineteen.