Thursday, February 25, 2010

NM GOP Release January Poll

In arguing against the recent poll on New Mexico gubernatorial politics by the North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling yesterday, the state Republican Party mentioned an internal poll that showed a generic Republican edging out a generic Democrat in the November gubernatorial race.

The PPP poll showed Democrat Diane Denish beating all Republican candidates. The closest GOP contender was Pete Domenici, Jr. who was within 5 points of Denish.

I asked GOP spokeswoman Janel Causey for a copy of their poll, and she sent it to me. As she said in the news release yesterday, "The Republican candidate" received 44 percent of the vote while "The Democratic candidate" got 40 percent.

The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Stategies, a Republican polling firm based in Alexandria, Va. (Yesterday the GOP dismissed the "liberal data" from the "Democratic firm," so it's fair for the Dems to blast the "conservative data" from POS.)

This poll was conducted Jan. 25-27. 500 likely New Mexico voters were interviewed by phone. The margin of error is 4.3 percent.