Arizona Poll Has Pro-Life Governor Jan Brewer Leading Goddard By 22 Percent
by Steven Ertelt
September 8, 2010
Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — A new poll has pro-life Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer leading her opponent by 22 percent despite a recent debate performance that was subpar. Brewer now earns 60% of the vote in her bid for reelection, her best showing in the race to date according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.
The telephone survey of likely Arizona voters shows Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard with 38% support, and one percent liking another candidate or undecided.
Two weeks ago, Brewer posted a 57% to 38% lead over Goddard. Since May, Brewer’s support has steadily risen from 52%, while Goddard’s has hovered in the 35% to 39% range.
"The survey, taken Tuesday night, follows nearly a week of negative publicity surrounding Brewer’s debate performance and suggests that voters remain focused on the issues that divide the two candidates," the polling firm noted about its poll. "Brewer maneuvered around Goddard to fight the new national health care bill in court."
The poll shows the strong support comes despite the poor debate performance.
Eighty-five percent say they have followed recent news stories about Brewer’s performance in the debate at least somewhat closely, with 47% who have followed very closely.
Some 51 percent say he debate performance is not very or not at all important to how they will cast their vote and just 22 say it is very important.
Sixty-four percent of voters in Arizona approve of the way Brewer is performing as governor, unchanged from two weeks ago and a remarkable improvement from 41% in March. Brewer is viewed favorably by 62% of Arizona voters and unfavorably by 37%. This includes 31% with a Very Favorable opinion of her and 28% with a Very Unfavorable view.
The poll also found longtime Republican Senator John McCain runs well ahead of his Democratic challenger Rodney Glassman in the first Rasmussen Reports post-primary survey of the Arizona Senate race.
In July, the Arizona Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed Brewer, who’s delighted pro-life advocate by signing several pro-life bills.
"AZRTL PAC endorses Jan Brewer because of her strong support of the pro-life cause over her 25 year political career," the group emailed LifeNews.com.
"In just her first term as governor since being appointed in January of 2009, Governor Brewer signed eight pro-life bills into law that will help protect innocent human life in Arizona. Among those bills signed into law include a ban of partial-birth abortions in Arizona and a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before an abortion can be performed," the pro-life group’s PAC chairman Walt Opaska said.
"Unlike her immediate predecessor, Governor Brewer has shown she truly cares about women and children by recognizing the importance of protecting all innocent life, including the unborn," Opaska said.
Other pro-life bills signed by Governor Brewer include a ban on non-doctors performing surgical abortions, a bill that opts Arizona out of providing abortion coverage in any insurance exchanges offered under the new federal health care law and a prohibition on Arizona taxpayer dollars from being used to fund insurance coverage for elective abortions for government employees.
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