Bentley (R) Continues to Hold Solid Lead in Alabama Governor’s Race

Rasmussen Reports

Republican Robert Bentley continues to hold a 20-point lead over his Democratic opponent Ron Sparks in the race to be Alabama’s next governor.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Bently with 55% of the vote, while Sparks, the state’s agricultural commissioner, draws 35% support. Just one percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are still undecided.

In surveys dating back to May, Bentley has led Sparks with support ranging from 44% to 55%.  Sparks has received anywhere from 31% to 37% of the vote. Last month, Bently earned his highest level of support yet, leading Sparks 58% to 34%.

This race remains Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Bentley, a Tuscaloosa state representative, earns 82% support from Alabama Republicans, while 73% of Democrats support Sparks. Voters not affiliated with either party prefer Bentley by a 65%-23% margin.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Alabama was conducted on September 21, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers from Alabama’s U.S. Senate race later this week.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Alabama voters favor repeal of the national health care law, which is slightly higher than the support for repeal nationally, while just 26% are opposed. This includes 59% who Strongly Favor repeal and 21% who Strongly Oppose it.

Bentley draws 74% support from voters who Strongly Favor repeal, while 61% of those who Strongly Opposed back Sparks.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters in the state support an immigration law in Alabama similar to the one passed in Arizona, while 20% oppose such a law. This is also slightly higher than the level of support found on the national level. Bentley is heavily favored by those who support an Arizona-like law, while Sparks earns similar support from those who are opposed.

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