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Republican Poll Shows Walberg Ahead Of Schauer

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UNDATED (WTVB) - The National Republican Campaign Committee is trumpeting a GOP poll that shows former G-O-P representative Tim Walberg leading Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer by 10 percentage points as the two campaign in a rematch of the election won two years ago by Schauer.

Walberg is up 50 percent to Schauer's 40 percent. The poll was conducted by GOP pollster Whit Ayres for the free-market American Action Forum. Walberg has a 41-to-31 percent favorable/unfavorable rating compared to Schauer's 40-to-36 percent rating. Schauer's support for national health care reform is his "biggest weakness," according to Ayres.

However, the language used in the poll is slanted. It informs voters that Schauer voted for ObamaCare, the Democratic health care reform bill. In response, 43 percent of voters said they'd be much less likely to support Schauer because of his vote, 8 percent said they'd be somewhat less likely and 42 percent said it would have no effect on their vote.

The economy is the No. 1 issue for 53 percent of voters. The Schauer campaign focused on the fact that the poll did not include third-party candidates. Schauer spokesman Zack Pohl said that any poll that does not include third-party candidates is by definition inaccurate. The poll of 400 likely general election voters was conducted Aug. 16 to 18 with a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

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