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Pollina Upends Symington in New Poll ... or Does He?


Published October 10, 2008 at 5:36 p.m.

Hold on to your hats folks, it looks like Vermont's race forgovernor is really heating up, and it's not just thanks to VermontYankee.

Or, is it?

A long-awaited Rasmussen poll is out and it's a far cry from the WCAX-TV poll taken earlier this fall, but it contains two sets of numbers that may lead some to criticize the poll itself.

Let's cut to the chase. When asked their first choice for governor, Vermonters said:

Gov. Jim Douglas (R): 45%
Anthony Pollina (I): 25%
Gaye Symington (D): 20%

Yep, you read it right. Pollina, the guy with no money, no TVadvertising, and plenty of gumption is outpolling the Democrat with themoney and plenty of TV advertising. Go figure — an old-fashioned campaign where a candidate meets voters one-on-one.

But, when pressed further about who they would really vote for if push came to shove, Vermonters said:

Douglas: 53%

Symington: 39%

Pollina: 4%