AUSTIN, Texas (2/12/10)--The Texas Credit Union League Poll of Texas Primary Voters, released Thursday, shows incumbent Gov. Rick Perry close to a majority, holding a 22-point lead over Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican primary race for governor. And most voters indicate they would back a candidate who is a public supporter of credit unions. Perry leads with 49%, Hutchison holds 27% and Debra Medina rose to 19%, according to the poll of likely primary voters. In the Democratic primary race for governor, Bill White reached 51%, with Farouk Shami holding a distant 19%. Held a little more than a week before the start of early voting, pollsters questioned likely primary voters about top national and state issues, favorability rankings of state-elected officials, and more, all broken out in terms of demographics including area of the state, income, ethnicity and party affiliation. The league has garnered press attention throughout Texas for the polls. Other key findings:
* In a hypothetical run-off between Perry and Hutchison, Perry prevails 58% to 34%; * Of Republican primary voters, 62% say they are “much more” (36%) or “somewhat more” (26%) likely to support a candidate who considers themselves to be a “tea-party” activist; * The poll indicates that incumbents of either party should not take this election for granted if they have an opponent; the lead for incumbents is remarkably low, said the league; * For state legislators, Democratic primary voters prefer the incumbent to a challenger by a 39% to 29% margin (a 10-point spread), with 32% undecided. * Concerning Republican state legislative incumbents, voters prefer the incumbent to a challenger--44% Republican incumbent to 37% Republican challenger (a seven-point spread), with 20% undecided; * About 76% of Democratic primary voters and 65% of Republican voters surveyed say they would be “much more likely” or “somewhat more likely” to support a public supporter of credit unions.
Every two years, the Texas Credit Union League commissions primary- and general- election voter surveys on politics and key issues important to the state’s credit union members. Two surveys were conducted by nationally known Republican and Democrat research firms between Feb. 3 and Feb. 6, and reached 400 likely Republican primary voters and 400 likely Democratic primary voters. Each survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9%.