Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #14431
Biden Retains Senate Seat by 2:1 Margin: In an election for United States Senator from Delaware today, 09/24/08, Democrat Joe Biden defeats Republican Christine O'Donnell 64% to 32%, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WCAU-TV Philadelphia.

Biden today wins majorities among all demographic groups. 33% of Republicans cross over to vote for Biden; Biden wins independents by 22 points. O'Donnell, a political commentator, wins 2 of 3 Republican votes, 3 of 4 conservative votes, 54% of pro-life votes, and 51% of gun owners; Biden wins majorities in all other groups.

Biden, first elected to the Senate in 1972, is the Democratic nominee for Vice President. Should Biden win both elections and resign his Senate seat, a replacement Senator would be named by Delaware's governor and would serve until the 2010 general election, when a new election would be held to fill the remaining four years of Biden's term. Delaware's governor today is Democrat Ruth Ann Minner, who is term-limited and not running for re-election. Democrat Jack Markell, currently state treasurer, holds a 2:1 lead in the race for governor, according to SurveyUSA polling.

Filtering: SurveyUSA interviewed 900 Delaware adults 09/22/08 through 09/23/08. Of the adults, 816 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 703 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely voters in the 11/04/08 general election.
Delaware will also elect a United States Senator. If the election for United States Senator were today, would you vote for ... (choices rotated) Republican Christine O'Donnell? Or Democrat Joe Biden?
703 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionIncomeIntellectual?Traveled AbroadSpeak Another LaUSA Super PowerOwn a Gun?
Credibility Interval: ± 3.6 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choi< $50K> $50KYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesNo
Christine O'Donnell (R)32%35%30%26%32%33%40%29%36%37%12%****65%9%36%73%23%12%34%32%41%28%26%54%21%35%32%34%35%35%25%35%32%38%18%51%24%
Joe Biden (D)64%61%66%69%64%63%57%66%61%59%84%****33%87%58%25%75%82%62%64%57%69%68%43%75%62%64%63%60%61%71%61%64%59%77%46%72%
Composition of Likely Voters100%49%51%23%31%27%19%54%46%76%18%3%3%34%48%17%26%38%15%50%50%44%32%24%38%60%28%72%75%18%77%23%27%73%78%15%32%66%
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.