Common Sense 2006 Releases Results of October 19th Montana Survey on Issues and U.S. Senate Contest Between Conrad Burns and Jon Tester

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Common Sense 2006 released results this morning of an issues and candidates survey conducted statewide in Montana yesterday. The results show the Montana U.S. Senate race to be a dead heat, with Jon Tester at 46%, Conrad Burns at 45%, and 9% Undecided. The survey has a large base size vs. any other publicly released research, with 1453 likely voters balanced by county based on population density and a statistical error rate of +/- 2%.

provide foreign terrorists the same legal protections and rights that American citizens enjoy.

Common Sense 2006 released results this morning of an issues and candidates survey conducted statewide in Montana yesterday.

The results show the Montana U.S. Senate race to be a dead heat, with Jon Tester at 46%, Conrad Burns at 45%, and 9% Undecided. The survey has a large base size vs. any other publicly released research, with 1453 likely voters balanced by county based on population density and a statistical error rate of +/- 2%.

The research also shows Montanans overwhelmingly support Marriage as between one man and one woman with 71% of Montanans agreeing with the statement "Only marriage between one man and one woman should be legal and binding in America." Additionally, the research showed 57% of Montanans consider themselves "Pro-life."

The Montana U.S. Senate race has tightened dramatically since Common Sense 2006's October 1st research showed Jon Tester with 50%, Conrad Burns with 40%, and those remaining Undecided at 10%.

Nathan Estruth, a spokesman for Common Sense 2006, said, "There is no question the data shows the people of Montana are conservative on key issues, such as taxes, marriage, the war on terror, or life. As the election nears and voters have started to engage on the candidates and their stands on the issues, there has been some movement toward Conrad Burns."

On the issues the Common Sense 2006 research showed that 61% of Tester's supporters are pro-abortion and that 74% of Burns' supporters are pro-life; 47% of Tester supporters and 90% of Burns supporters support Marriage between one man and one woman; 35% of Tester supporters and only 6% of Burns supporters agree the U.S. should "provide foreign terrorists the same legal protections and rights that American citizens enjoy."

Given how close the Burns-Tester contest is, it is the Undecided block in this race that holds the key. On that, Nathan Estruth said, "The remaining Undecided voters in Montana are conservative. 62% of Undecided voters are pro-Life. 71% of Undecided voters support Marriage between one man and one woman. And only 7% of Undecided voters agree that foreign terrorists should be provided the same legal protections and rights as American citizens. These facts could be troublesome for Tester as he has received support and endorsements from key national pro-choice organizations and he is on record in opposition to the Federal Marriage amendment. The incumbent, Conrad Burns is pro-life and voted in favor of the federal marriage amendment. Recent debate statements by Jon Tester on his opposition to the Patriot Act likely will make it challenging for him to woo the remaining Undecided voters based on the issues. The challenge for Conrad Burns will be persuading any disaffected conservatives to come out to vote on Election Day."

The research cited in this release was conducted for Common Sense 2006 by ccAdvertising.

Common Sense 2006 is a 501(c)(4)not-for-profit organization engaging in understanding and educating voters on issues.

More information about Nathan Estruth can be found at:

http://www.nathanestruth.com

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