In the seven weeks since incumbent Rick Perry won the Republican Primary, there has been little change in the race for governor of Texas.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Texas voters finds Perry with 48% support. His Democratic opponent, former Houston Mayor Bill White, picks up 44% of the vote, his best showing to date. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) remain undecided.
A month ago, just after beating back Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s GOP Primary challenge, Perry led White 49% to 43%.
Any incumbent who earns less than 50% support at this stage of a campaign is considered potentially vulnerable.
Perry has hit 50% only once so far this year, in January just after White announced his candidacy.
The Rasmussen Reports Media Meter shows that most press coverage of both candidates has been negative in the week prior to release of this poll. Media Meter results are updated daily at RasmussenReports.com/Texas along with the latest polling and other Texas news.
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Opposition to the just-passed national health care plan is even higher in Texas than it is nationally.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Texas voters favor repeal of the health care plan while just 28% are opposed.
These figures include 58% who strongly favor repeal and 23% who strongly oppose it.
Perry picks up 75% of the votes of those who strongly favor repeal. White gets 89% of the votes of the smaller group who are strongly opposed.
The incumbent who is seeking an unprecedented third term as governor holds a slight lead among male voters and breaks roughly even among women. Voters not affiliated with either party give Perry a modest five-point edge over White.
White is viewed very favorably by 21% of Texas voters and very unfavorably by 16%.
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