The campaign of Susana Martinez released the toplines of a poll to the Washington Post that puts the governor’s approval rating at 62 percent.
This comes on the heels of a poll by Research and Polling, Inc. for Common Cause New Mexico that had Martinez’s approval rating at 55 percent.
The Washington Post wrote:
A Public Opinion Strategies survey, conducted for Martinez’s campaign and shared with The Washington Post, shows 62 percent of voters approve of the job she’s doing, including 68 percent of independents.
NM Telegram asked for more information on the Public Opinion Strategies poll and will update this post when the Martinez campaign responds.
Martinez’s campaign polls were accurate in 2010 ahead of election day. Any internal poll, of course, must be taken with a grain of salt. No campaign would release a poll with bad news.
Like the Research and Polling, Inc. poll, the Martinez internal poll was of registered voters according to the Washington Post.
Martinez is the incumbent and will almost surely not face any competition in the primary.
Five Democrats have put their hats in the ring for the Democratic nomination. Attorney General Gary King, State Senators Linda Lopez and Howie Morales, businessman Alan Webber and former executive director of the federal Farm Service Agency in New Mexico Lawrence Rael are all seeking the nomination.
Martinez is heavily favored to retain her spot as governor.
The poll for Martinez’s campaign was of 600 registered voters and was conducted from January 13th to the 15th. It has a margin of error of 4.38 percent.