This number includes "leaners" -- people leaning toward one candidate or another. Without these, the number is 50 percent for Martinez, 40 percent for Denish.
Rasmussen interviewed 750 likely voters in New Mexico on Wednesday. The margin of sampling error is4 percentage points.
Sixty percent (60%) of voters in the state share a favorable opinion of Martinez. Thirty-eight percent (38%) view the Republican unfavorably. This includes 35% with a Very Favorable opinion and 25% with a Very Unfavorable one. For Denish, favorables total 48% and Unfavorables 49%. These numbers include 21% Very Favorable and 27% Very Unfavorable.
The numbers are close the recent Daily Kos/PPP poll, which showed Martinez with 50 percent to Denish's 42 pecent.
Gov. Bill Richardson fared a little better in this poll than he did in the PPP survey. But it's still bad for the once popular governor. Rasmussen found 34 percent approved of Richardson's performance while 64 percent disapproved. PPP showed a 28 percent approval rating -- but still a 64 percent disapproval.