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Susana’s approval rating at 60%; Senate race still a toss-up

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Some 15 months into her term, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez still has a high poll numbers — especially considering that New Mexico has more registered Democrats than Republicans — although there has been some slight slippage in recent weeks.

In a survey of 500 likely voters in the state conducted by the national polling firm Rasmussen Reports, Martinez has an overall favorable rating of 60 percent and an unfavorable rating of 36 percent. Here are the numbers from the survey that was conducted Tuesday (April 3):

Gov. Susana Martinez


36% Strongly approve
24% Somewhat approve
18% Somewhat disapprove
18% Strongly disapprove
4% Not sure

Back on Feb. 22 Rasmussen numbers had Martinez with a 66 percent overall favorability rating. Here were the numbers for the govenor then:

Strongly approve 33%
Somewhat approve 33%
Somewhat disapprove 12%
Strongly disapprove 21%
Not sure 2%

The Rasmussen numbers roughly mirror the results of a similar poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, which is associated with the national Democratic Party. Back in December, PPP came back with numbers showing Martinez holding a favorability rating of 50 percent, with 39 percent unfavorable and 11 percent not sure.

The April 3 Rasmussen poll also looked at the race for the US Senate seat that will be vacated by the retiring Jeff Bingaman and showed that it’s still neck and neck between Republican frontrunner Heather Wilson and the two Democrats fighting in the party primary — Martin Heinrich and Hector Balderas:

If the election were held today, would you
vote for Republican Heather Wilson
or Democrat Martin Heinrich?
Date
3-Apr-12
14-Feb-12
Wilson
42%
43%
Heinrich
46%
45%
Some Other Candidate
7%
5%
Not Sure
6%
7%
What if the Democrats nominate Hector Balderas?
Date
3-Apr-12
14-Feb-12
Wilson
43%
44%
Balderas
42%
44%
Some Other Candidate
5%
3%
Not Sure
9%
9%
Heather Wilson Martin Heinrich Hector Balderas
Very Favorable
24%
16%
12%
Somewhat Favorable
29%
26%
28%
Somewhat Unfavorable
18%
25%
21%
Very Unfavorable
20%
21%
16%
Not Sure
10%
12%
22%

The Rasmussen numbers have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percent and a 95 percent confidence level.

Unfortunately, the Rasmussen folks didn’t ask likely voters whether they prefer Heinrich or Balderas in the June 5 primary. Rasmussen also did not ask about Wilson’s primary opponent, Greg Sowards.

But Rasmussen did ask a couple other questions about New Mexico voters and their feelings about the economy:

How would you rate your own personal finances these days?
11% Excellent
25% Good
40% Fair
22% Poor
2% Not sure
Are your personal finances getting better these days, or worse?
29% Better
34% Worse
36% About the same
1% Not sure
Is the United States currently in a recession?
68% Yes
20% No
13% Not sure

The elusive recovery still remains just that.

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Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.

  • http://nmwatchdog cole

    The govenor dosent have the state workers vote especially with the dept of probation parole! What happened to your promises for bold change? You lied suzanna marttinez and you lost this deptss vote.

  • Jane

    We need more exposure of the corrupt Richardson/King mafia. The Honorable Martinez has more than enough evidence to do so. She is not a flash in the pan, all of you corrupt leaches had better go to a more tolerant state before you get exposed and arrested too.

  • http://juno.com Phyllis Hawley

    She is dong fine, just let her do her job

  • Max Sanchez

    Response to Cole;

    Probation & Parole is the only profession where failure is rewarded by promotion. Fail your clients and return them to jail/prison for menial violations and you get a star on your personnel file…………………if it wasn’t for these guys/gals your department wouldnt exist! Did you fail the police psych tesr?

  • http://nmwatchdog cole

    No I didnt fail the psy test but I do know kris dole did. Wake up you dip stick and realize the dept of probation parole is run by noneducated people making 98000 per year who hides behind her news anchor husband on channel 13. Whats a matter with you? Do you support corruption and people getting beat up at fake defensive tactics programs taught by people whom were fired from the federal sect? Your to transparent joe barela go back to tomasitas with

    melanie

  • http://nmwatchdog Sherry

    To Cole, i don’t think Max is against you. He does mention in his post that the department of probation parole is the only department that awards failure with promotion. ” I couldn’t agree with Max any better.”