Monday, September 18, 2006

Poll: Many shun candidate proposals on English, abortion

A slender majority of likely voters in the Iowa governor's race oppose the strict abortion ban advocated by Republican Jim Nussle. A slim majority of likely voters are opposed to repealing the state law making English Iowa's official language - an action favored by Democrat Chet Culver. Large numbers of voters also don't buy some of the claims made by the candidates in support of proposals ranging from increased ethanol production to higher teacher pay. Those are some of the key findings of a new Des Moines Register poll, taken last week, that shows likely voters are evenly split in their support of the candidates, with 44 percent backing Nussle, 44 percent backing Culver and 10 percent undecided. In recent weeks, the abortion positions of Nussle and Culver have received increased scrutiny.

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