HUTCHISON TO RELEASE POLL TODAY; SHOWS 55-31 LEAD

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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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