Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rasmussen Has Martinez by 10

The Rasmussen Reports has a new poll of New Mexico showing Republican Susana Martinez winning support of 52 percent of participants and Democrat Diane Denish at 42 percent.

The organization interviewed 750 likely voters on Sunday. The margin of error is 4 percent.

The poll is in line with other recent independent polls. For what it's worth Rasmussen is moving the race from "Leans Republican" to "Solid Republican."

The exact phrasing of the question asked was:
If the 2010 Election for Governor of New Mexico were held today would you vote for Republican Susana Martinez or Democrat Diane Denish? (Please note that we split the survey to rotate the order of the candidate names, so while half will hear the Republican candidate first, the other half hears the Democrat mentioned first.)

The poll has a sliver of good news for one Democrat. Gov. Bill Richardson has a 39 percent approval rating according to the new numbers.

Not great, especially for someone who won re-election with nearly 70 percent of the vote four years ago. But other recent polls have shown the governor's approval numbers in the low 30s or high 20s.