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  • By CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Republican Mitt Romney has a 10-point lead over President Barack Obama in Montana, a Gazette State Poll taken last week shows. It showed Romney leading Obama, a Democrat, by 53 percent to 43 percent, with 2 percent undecided and 2 percent for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. “Montana’s pretty safely in the Romney column,” said Brad Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the poll.

  • By MIKE DENNISON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — In Montana’s high-profile, big-money U.S. Senate contest, Republican challenger Denny Rehberg continues to hold a slight lead over Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a new Gazette State Poll shows. The poll showed 49 percent for Rehberg, who is Montana’s U.S. House representative, and 45 percent for Tester, the first-term incumbent. Only 1 percent said they’re voting for Libertarian Dan Cox and just 5 percent were undecided.

  • By MIKE DENNISON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Republican Steve Daines holds a solid lead over Democrat Kim Gillan in the race for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat in the week before…

  • By MIKE DENNISON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — The five ballot measures before Montana voters next week appear headed toward easy passage, including ones to uphold a new, more restrictive medical marijuana law and require parental notification on a minor’s abortion, according to a Gazette State Poll. All but one of the five measures, which include three referenda placed on the ballot by the 2011 Legislature, had leads of nearly 20 points or more among those surveyed by the poll earlier this week.

  • By CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — A Gazette State Poll this week shows that the Montana governor’s race remains tight, with Republican Rick Hill at 49 percent to Democ…

  • By CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Republican Tim Fox is slightly ahead of Democratic Pam Bucy, 48 percent to 42 percent, in the race for attorney general, a Gazette State Poll shows. Ten percent of the voters are undecided. The poll was taken Oct. 29-31 for the Gazette State Bureau by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. It has a margin of plus or minus four percentage points. The margin is higher for subgroups, such as gender or region. Fox lost a close race for attorney general in 2008 to Democrat Steve Bullock, who is running for governor this year.

  • Gazette State Bureau

HELENA -- The Gazette State Poll was conducted Oct. 29-31 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C., for the Billings Gazette, Montana Standard of Butte, Helena Independent Record, Missoulian and Ravalli Republic. A total of 625 registered voters were interviewed statewide by both cellular and land-line telephone. All said they were likely to vote in the November election.

  • By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

A voter survey released Thursday shows Montana's U.S. Senate candidates running just about even in a high-stakes race that polls suggest has budged little despite more than $15 million in campaign spending. The Montana State University Billings poll found Republican Denny Rehberg, a six-term member of the House, supported by almost 43 percent of respondents. Incumbent Democrat Jon Tester had 40 percent. The difference was within the survey's margin of error, making the race a statistical dead heat. It's also consistent with a string of other polls in recent months showing a narrow gap between the two campaigns. Tester and Rehberg have raised more than $18 million combined over the last two years. They have $3 million left to spend with a just a few weeks until the Nov. 6 election.

  • By MARY PICKETT mpickett@billingsgazette.com

Montanans overwhelmingly would vote for Republican Mitt Romney for president, according to a new Montana State University Billings poll released Wednesday. The poll found that state voters favored the former Massachusetts governor by 49 percent, compared to nearly 35 percent for President Barack Obama, with about 10 percent undecided.

  • By MIKE DENNISON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — A majority of Montanans still don’t like the federal health care overhaul law passed by Congress more than two years ago, according to a new Gazette State Poll.

  • By MIKE DENNISON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — A solid majority of Montanans oppose repealing the state’s death penalty, and a majority favors relaxing environmental law to encourage more coal, oil and gas development in the state, a Gazette state oll shows. The poll, taken last week, also showed support among Montanans for a “right to work” law, which would forbid contracts that require labor-union membership or dues for certain jobs. And, more Montanans oppose than support the idea of state tax credits for parents who send their children to private schools, the poll showed.

  • By CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Montana voters support the more restrictive medical marijuana law and strongly back a ballot issue requiring girls under age 16 to get parental consent before having an abortion, a new Gazette State Poll shows. They also favor another ballot issue that would deny state services to “illegal aliens.” Mason Dixon Polling & Research Inc. took the poll Monday through Wednesday for the Gazette State Bureau, interviewing 625 registered voters who said they were likely to vote in November. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points, although the margin rises with subgroups like gender. Here’s a look at the three questions polled:

  • By CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — The race for governor is about even and within the margin of error, with Democrat Steve Bullock receiving 44 percent of the likely vo…

  • Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Republican Tim Fox leads Democrat Pam Bucy by 46 percent to 37 percent in the attorney general’s race, a new Gazette State Poll shows. In addition, 17 percent are undecided in the race between the two Helena lawyers. The poll, taken Monday through Wednesday, has a margin of error of four percentage points, although it’s higher for subgroups such as gender. Meanwhile, Supreme Court justice candidates Ed Sheehy and District Judge Laurie McKinnon were in nearly tied, with more than half the voters undecided.

  • Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Republicans have the lead in a generic matchup for the state House, according to a new Gazette State Poll. The poll asked: “If the 2012 election for your state representative in the Montana Legislature were held today, would you most likely vote for the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate? Results showed 49 percent said they would vote for the Republican candidate, while 42 percent said they would vote for the Democratic candidate, with 9 percent undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. The margin rises for subgroups like gender and political party.

  • Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — The Gazette State Poll was conducted Sept. 17-19 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C., for the Billings Gazette, Montana Standard of Butte, Helena Independent Record, Missoulian and Ravalli Republic. A total of 625 registered voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All said they were likely to vote in the November election. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. The margin of error is higher for any subgroup such as a region or gender sampling. Pollsters interviewed 313 women, or 50 percent of the sample, and 312 men or 50 percent.

  • By MIKE DENNISON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and his Republican challenger for 2012, Rep. Denny Rehberg, are in a virtual dead heat for the race, t…

  • By CHARLES S. JOHNSON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — Montana voters give Gov. Brian Schweitzer the best job approval ratings among top statewide officeholders and U.S. Sen. Max Baucus th…

  • By MIKE DENNISON Gazette State Bureau

HELENA — A majority of Montanans say they support restricting Montana's environmental laws and regulations to encourage more oil, gas, coal an…

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