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The Mason-Dixon Tennessee Poll was conducted for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Chattanooga Times Free Press by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from September 25 through September 27, 2006. A total of 625 registered Tennessee voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election.

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Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

SAMPLE FIGURES:

Men 306 (49%) Women 319 (51%)

Whites 527 (84%) Blacks 88 (14%) Other/Refused 10 (2%)

REGION

East Tennessee 230 interviews

Middle Tennessee 225 interviews

West Tennessee 170 interviews

PARTY

DEMOCRAT 34%

REPUBLICAN 38%

INDEPENDENT OR OTHER 28%

STATEWIDE NAME RECOGNITION

Do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of ________?

If the 2006 election for Tennessee’s U.S. Senate seat were held today, would you vote for:

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