Poll: Cravaack, Nolan in Dead Heat for 8th District Seat

By KBJR News 1

Poll: Cravaack, Nolan in Dead Heat for 8th District Seat

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A new poll out Thursday puts Rep. Chip Cravaack and Rick Nolan just about tied as the November election inches closer.

According to the SurveyUSA/KSTP poll, Nolan leads Cravaack with a slim lead of 46% to 45%.

9% of voters polled remain undecided for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District seat.

The SurveyUSA/KSTP poll has a "Margin of Sampling Error" of +/-4.2%, which makes it hard to determine whether or not there is a clear leader.

The poll of 578 registered voters who are "likely to vote" was conducted between October 7th to October 9th.

The poll sample includes 35% voters who described themselves as Democrats, 28% Republicans and 32% independents.

Cravaack leads by 10 points among men (50% to 40%), Nolan leads by 10 points among women (51% to 41%).

Cravaack leads by 15 points (51% to 36%) among voters age 18-49. Nolan leads by 11 points (52% to 41%) among voters over age 50.

When asked about the hot button issues during the 2012 election, more voters said Cravaack will be stronger on mining issues (34% to 31%) and do more to bring jobs to the district (41% to 38%).

On the issue of Medicare, more voters say Nolan will do a better job protecting the program (41% to 36%).

Posted to the web by Krista Burns