Excellent results from today's Research 2000 Poll:
Question: If the election for Governor were held today, for whom would you vote for if the choices were between Bill White, the Democrat, and Rick Perry, the Republican?
- All voters: White 42, Perry 46
- Independents: White 45, Perry 42
The poll was taken from Feb 8 – Feb 10, and has a 4% MOE. A total of 600 likely voters who vote regularly in state elections were interviewed statewide by telephone.
White has only been on TV for eleven days, yet is already pulling within Perry — who has been in statewide office for twenty years and still can't clear 50% among his own Party's base. As we move further and further along, we'll have more and more polls to look at — and some numbers will look better than others. The underlying factor of all the polls we've seen so far, however, is that White is extremely competitive with Perry right now and is going to have a strong chance at victory in November.
A Note About the Poll
Research 2000 is a national polling group that performs both national and state-level polls. Their national poll numbers often track closely with those of other national polling firms. DailyKos, the prominent left-leaning political blog, partners with Research 2000 for their polls; however, there is no political bias in their numbers. In fact, a recent poll on the attitudes of Republican voters conducted by Research 2000 was used on Chris Wallace's Sunday morning Fox News program – showing that even those on the right recognize the validity of their numbers.