Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New GOP Poll Shows Martinez Up by 10

A new poll by a Republican firm called Public Opinion Strategies shows Republican Susana Martinez increasing her lead over Democrat Diane Denish in the governor's race.

According to the polling memo, 50 percent of those who responded would back Martinez while 40 percent would back Denish.

The poll was taken of 600 likely voters between Sept. 11 and 13. The memo says Martinez is making "critical gains" with Hispanics, but no data is included in what was publicly released.

The margin of error is 4 percent.

Standard warning: You've always got to take polls conducted by partisan firms with a grain of salt. This is the widest lead Martinez has enjoyed of all the polls released. And it's the first time she's cracked the 50 percent mark.

But it's not radically different from previous polls that have shown Martinez with support in the high-40 percent range and Denish in the low-40 percent range.

You can see the polling memo HERE (thanks Heath Haussamen)