Poll: Lautenberg has 20 point lead over Zimmer

Democrat Frank Lautenberg has a 52%-32% lead in his bid for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, and 72% of voters haven’t heard of his Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer, according to a poll released this morning by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Senator Lautenberg has not had to run hard this year,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “He’s caught in the updraft of enthusiasm for the Democratic presidential candidate and frustration with the Bush administration.”

Lautenberg has a 35%-27% favorable rating, and Zimmer is at 16%-12%.

Poll: Lautenberg has 20 point lead over Zimmer