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SCSU Survey gives Obama 5-point lead

Friday, October 24, 2008

The SCSU Survey is a 28-year-old student-faculty project

The SCSU Survey is a 28-year-old student-faculty project.

The SCSU Survey is a 28-year-old student-faculty project Fall 2007 SCSU Survey workers in the survey's Stewart Hall lab. 

A St. Cloud State survey of adult Minnesotans gives presidential candidate Barack Obama a 5-point lead over John McCain.

In SCSU Survey results (PDF) released Oct. 24, 42 percent of respondents said they would vote for Obama, the Democratic party nominee, while 37 percent of respondents said they would vote for the Republican nominee, John McCain.

Responses were gathered from 509 randomly selected land-line and cell-phone users Oct. 14 through Oct. 22, 2008.

The 28-year-old SCSU Survey, which is located in Stewart Hall, uses student directors and student workers to gather and analyze data. Faculty directors are Steve Frank, Michelle Kukoleca Hammes and David Robinson. Lead student director is Renee Helm, a senior from St. Joseph, Minn. majoring in public administration.

A staggering 85 percent of respondents said the United States is headed in the wrong direction.

In the U.S. Senate race, 36 percent of respondents said they would vote for Republican Norm Coleman. Democrat Al Franken and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley trailed at 27 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

The survey suggests a majority of Minnesotans (61 percent) disapprove of U.S. policy toward Iraq. Respondents rated the Iraq War the third-most important problem facing the country after the financial/mortgage crisis and the the budget deficit.

Other survey questions include job ratings for President George W. Bush and ratings on the SCSU Survey “Feeling Thermometer” for George Bush, John McCain, Barack Obama, Cindy McCain, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Pawlenty, Norm Coleman, Al Franken, Dean Barkley, Michelle Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The survey's sample has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percent.

- Jeff Wood

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