A new Rasmussen poll out Thursday gives Republican candidate Sharron Angle a seven-point edge over Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  

Angle leads 48 percent to 41 percent. Eight percent of respondents prefer some other candidate and just two percent are undecided. The automated poll surveyed 500 likely voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

One area of concern for Republicans is that the poll shows both candidates with unfavorable ratings near 50 percent. Reid's favorables stand at 48-49, while Angle's are 48-47. 

The campaign of Reid and national Democrats have hit Angle hard over the past two weeks in an attempt to focus attention on what Reid's campaign has called Angle's history of "extreme statements."

Rasmussen's last poll, taken just after Angle captured the Republican nomination, gave her a 50-39 lead over Reid.