Arizona Governor: Brewer 57% Goddard 38%

Rasmussen Reports

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer continues to enjoy a solid lead over Democrat Terry Goddard heading into the fall campaign season.

A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey finds Brewer leading Goddard by a 57% to 38% margin. That’s little changed from a month ago and two months ago. Just three percent (3%) prefer another candidate while five percent (3%) are undecided.

The race remains Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. Following Election Day this November, Republicans are projected to hold a majority of the Governors around the country.

This is the first poll conducted since Brewer formally wrapped up her party’s nomination in last week’s primary. However, her major primary opponents had dropped out of the race earlier as the incumbent’s popularity soared following passage of the state’s much talked about immigration law.

Most Arizona voters (56%) believe that Brewer’s views are in the political mainstream while just 35% view them as extreme. For Goddard, the numbers are 44% mainstream and 35% extreme.

Eighty percent (80%) view Brewer as politically conservative, including 44% who say she’s Very Conservative.

Fifty-three percent (53%) see Goddard as politically liberal while another 27% say he’s a moderate.

Sixty-five percent (65%) approve of the way Brewer is handling her job as Governor. That’s a remarkable improvement from 41% in March, a turnaround that highlights the impact associated with signing the state’s much talked about immigration law.

President Barack Obama, a vigorous opponent of the state’s immigration law, earns approval from 39% of the state’s voters.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Arizona was conducted on August 25, 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.

In Arizona, 65% of voters continue to favor the state’s immigration law while just 27% are opposed. Nationally, most

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