On this blog we often say that our great state is Sarah Palin country. Now we have some hard research to back that statement up. According to the Annual Texas Interested Citizens Survey, an opinion poll conducted by Lighthouse Opinion Polling & Research of Fort Worth this month, Gov. Palin would thrash Barack Obama among Texas voters by a margin of 15 points if that hypothetical matchup were held today. Texans prefer Palin to the president, 51 percent to 36 percent.
Commissioned by the Texas Civil Justice League, Texas Medical Association and the Texas Farm Bureau, the poll surveyed 1,200 Texans spread proportionately across all of the state's regions and media markets. Only Lone Star State citizens who voted in 2006 or 2008 were sampled.
Gov. Rick Perry is maintaining an 11-point lead over Democrat Bill White at 48 percent to 37 percent, with 11 percent undecided and the remainder going to minor-party candidates:
It shows Perry with a 15-point advantage in the Houston media market, tied in Dallas and ahead in every other geographic area except for Austin and the border.The top issues on the minds of Texas voters are illegal immigration (31 percent), then jobs (25 percent) and education, (14 percent).
Down the ballot, Republicans are — according to this survey — trouncing Democrats. They've got Republican David Dewhurst being Democrat Linda Chavez-Thompson by 35 percentage points (55-20) in the race for lieutenant governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott beating Democrat Barbara Ann Radnofsky by 38 points in that race (58-23), and Republican Eva Guzman ahead of Democrat Blake Bailey in the race for a spot on the Texas Supreme Court by a 37-25 margin.
The poll was conducted by telephone October 15 through 17 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percent. Partial crosstabs, in PDF format, are here.
h/t: Bryan Preston