HUTCHISON TO RELEASE POLL TODAY; SHOWS 55-31 LEAD
Fri December 12, 2008 11:25 am

The poll was conducted by Voter Consumer Research between December 7 and December 9. The telephone survey included 601 general election voters and 466 Republican primary voters. The margin of error for the general election survey was +/- 4.1%, and +/- 4.6% for Republican primary voters.

Favorability:

* 67% of all voters have a favorable impression
* 73% of Republican primary voters have a favorable impression
* Compared to other prominent figures, among general election voters:
--Hutchison 67%
--Perry 51%
--Gramm 48%
--Bill White 28%
--Sharp 27%
--Chet Edwards 17%

* KBH geographical favorability
--San Antonio 74%
--Dallas 70%
--East Texas 68%

* Republican Primary head-to-head (GOP primary voters only): If the primary were held today, who would you vote for?
--Hutchison 55%
--Perry 31%
--Don't know 12%
--Neither/Other 2%

* "Strong" favorability (GOP primary voters only)
--Hutchison 58% "very favorable"
--Perry 30% "very favorable"

* GOP primary history of "very favorable" voters
--78% are conservative
--63% always vote in primaries
--56% name illegal immigration a top issue

* Strength outside the Republican primary
--Hutchison "tops both potential Democratic candidates [White or Sharp] in a general election
--Perry "fails to reach 50% against either White or Sharp"
--Hutchison "carries all key demographics in both potential general election match-ups,
including men, women, Hispanics, and ticket-splitters"
--32% of primary voters "more likely to vote against Perry because they fear he could lose to a Democrat"

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