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Election 2008: Missouri Governor
Nixon Leads by 19 in Missouri Governor Race

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has opened his biggest lead ever over Congressman Kenny Hulshof in the race for Missouri’s next governor. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds the Democrat leading 57% to 38%.

Nixon’s lead has improved since September, when the race was 54% to 39%. He has held double-digit leads in every poll conducted since February.

While Nixon is supported by 91% of voters in his party, Hulshof is backed by 78% of Republicans. Nixon currently holds a dominating edge among unaffiliated voters in Missouri. Women favor Nixon by a 56% to 37% margin, while men support the Democrat 58% to 40%.

Nixon is viewed favorably by 62% of voters and unfavorably by 32%. Hulshof’s ratings are 46% favorable, 47% unfavorable.

Republican Governor Matt Blunt, who surprised voters by announcing he will not seek re-election this year, earns good or excellent job approval ratings from 35%. Slightly more voters (36%) now say the governor is doing a poor job.

The latest poll also finds that 86% of Missouri voters are in favor of an amendment that would require English to be the official language of all public governmental meetings in the state. Just nine percent (9%) are against the amendment.

The latest poll of the presidential election in Missouri released earlier today finds Barack Obama leading John McCain by six percentage points.

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This telephone survey of 700 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 14, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


Missouri Trends: Hulshof (R) vs. Nixon (D)

Date

Hulshof

Nixon

10/14/2008

38%

57%

39%

54%

39%

51%

38%

49%

34%

54%

35%

51%

37%

48%

30%

48%


Favorable Ratings for Gubernatorial Candidates in Missouri

 

Nixon

Hulshof

Very Favorable

25%

18%

Somewhat Favorable

37%

28%

Somewhat Unfavorable

15%

26%

Very Unfavorable

17%

21%

Not Sure

5%

8%


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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.