Saturday, March 27, 2010
Rasmussen Poll: Denish Leads All GOP Governor Candidates by 10-22 Points
In a Rasmussen Reports phone survey of 500 likely voters on the New Mexico gubernatorial race, Democrat Diane Denish leads all of her possible Republican challengers by margins of 10 to 22 percentage points. She tops 50% in match-ups with three of the Republican candidates:
- Diane Denish 52% - Janice Arnold-Jones 30%,
- Diane Denish 51% - Susana Martinez 32%
- Diane Denish 52% - Pete Domenici JUNIOR 35%
According to the poll, Denish’s closest competitors for now are:
- Diane Denish 43% - Doug Turner 34%
- Diane Denish 45% - Allen Weh 35%
None of the GOP primary contenders draws more than 35% support against the two-term lieutenant governor, who is uncontested for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. About 7% of those polled prefer some other candidate in all of the match-ups, while undecideds range from 6%-16%.
As for New Mexico's current Governor, 39% approve of how Bill Richardson is doing his job, with 12% who Strongly Approve. But 58% disapprove of his performance, including 33% who Strongly Disapprove.
The telephone survey was conducted Wednesday night, three days after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the national health care plan. A total of 53% of New Mexico respondents favor the plan, with 32% who Strongly Favor it. A total of 44% oppose the plan, including 40% who Strongly Oppose it.
Rasmussen reported additional results about candidate favorability, as well as attitudes about various aspects of the health insurance reform legislation and voters' views of incumbents. Click to see the results to all the questions asked of New Mexicans in the telephone survey. The cross tabs are available only to premium subscribers to Rasmussen Reports.