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Toplines - 2010 Texas Governor - March 3, 2010

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Texas Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted March 3, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

27% Strongly approve

9% Somewhat approve

8% Somewhat disapprove

55% Strongly disapprove

1% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Rick Perry has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

17% Strongly approve

37% Somewhat approve

22% Somewhat disapprove

22% Strongly disapprove

2% Not sure

3* Election 2010: Texas Governor’s Race

Feb 1, 2010

Feb 22, 2010

March 3, 2010

Rick Perry (R)

48%

47%

49%

Bill White (D)

39%

41%

43%

Some other candidate

5%

5%

3%

Not sure

8%

7%

6%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate

Very favorable

Somewhat favorable

Somewhat unfavorable

Very unfavorable

Not sure

Rick Perry

18%

36%

23%

23%

1%

Bill White

25%

29%

21%

13%

13%

5* In terms of how you will vote in the next general election, are you primarily interested in National Security issues such as the War with Iraq and the War on Terror, Economic issues such as jobs and economic growth, Domestic Issues like Social Security and Health Care, Cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, or Fiscal issues such as taxes and government spending?

13% National Security Issues

38% Economic Issues

17% Domestic Issues

6% Cultural Issues

20% Fiscal Issues

5% Not sure

6* Should the suicide plane crash into the Internal Revenue office in Austin be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act or by civilian authorities as a criminal act?

17% By military authorities as a terrorist act
77% By civilian authorities as a criminal act
7% Not sure

7* Should voters be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote?

79% Yes

17% No
5% Not sure

8* A proposal has been made requiring a sonogram to be performed and shown to every woman who is about to undergo an elective abortion. Do you favor or oppose such a proposal?

50% Favor

42% Oppose
8% Not sure

9* Should Kay Bailey Hutchison reconsider her decision to retire and run for the senate in 2012?

30% Yes
39% No

30% Not sure

10* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

19% Strongly favor
16% Somewhat favor
5% Somewhat oppose
57% Strongly oppose
2% Not sure

11* How would you rate the way that Barack Obama has handled the issue of healthcare reform…excellent, good, fair or poor?

13% Excellent
16% Good
9% Fair
62% Poor
1% Not sure

12* What would be a better strategy to reform the healthcare system...passing a comprehensive bill that covers all aspects of the healthcare system or passing smaller bills that address problems individually?

22% Passing a comprehensive bill that cover all aspects of the healthcare system

66% Passing smaller bills that address problems individually

12% Not sure

13* When it comes to health care decisions, who do you fear the most: the federal government or private insurance companies?

57% Federal government
36% Private insurance companies
8% Not sure

14* Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement?

53% Favorable
31% Unfavorable
17% Not sure

15* Do you consider yourself a part of the Tea Party Movement?

21% Yes
61% No
18% Not sure

16* A year from today, will the U.S. economy be stronger than it is now, or weaker?

40% Stronger

42% Weaker

10% About the same

8% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence