Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rasmussen sez Rick is up by 10.

Rick is up by 10 points (link).

Excerpt follows...
Incumbent Governor Rick Perry has jumped to a 10-point lead over Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in an early look at next year’s Republican Primary gubernatorial contest in Texas.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely GOP Primary voters in the state finds Perry ahead of Hutchison 46% to 36%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and 14% remain undecided.

In early May, the two candidates were separated by just four points, with Perry ahead 42% to 38%.

Perry is seeking an unprecedented third term as governor. Hutchison, a U.S. senator from Texas for 16 years, has formed a committee to explore a possible run for governor but has not yet formally announced her challenge.

Perry has a 17-point lead among male voters, but the two candidates are virtually tied among women.
Party moderates and liberals prefer Hutchison, while Perry takes the lead among conservatives.

Both candidates have high and similar favorables among primary voters. These numbers are virtually unchanged from May.

Seventy-six percent (76%) have a favorable opinion of the incumbent governor, with 27% very favorable. Just 23% view him unfavorably, including nine percent (9%) very unfavorable.

Hutchison is seen favorably by 72% of GOP primary voters, including 27% very favorable, and unfavorably by only 25%, with seven percent (7%) who have a very unfavorable opinion of her.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of likely GOP Primary voters now approve of Perry’s job performance as governor, with 25% who strongly approve. Twenty-five percent (25%) disapprove, including nine percent (9%) who strongly disapprove.

Perry won reelection in 2006 with 39% of the overall vote. Democrat Chris Bell earned 30%, followed by independent candidates Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Richard 'Kinky' Friedman with 18% and 12% support respectively.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of the likely primary voters have a favorable opinion of the tea parties held around Texas. Just 7% believe the economic stimulus plan has helped the economy while 61% believe it has hurt. They oppose the health care plan working its way through Congress by an 83% to 12% margin.
Kay, still queen of Poland in her own mind?

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