Pt only Texas Governor: Perry (R) Remains Out Front

Incumbent Republican Rick Perry holds an eight-point lead on Democratic challenger Bill White in the Texas governor’s race with less than two weeks to go until Election Day

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Lone Star State finds Perry with 51% support, while White, a former mayor of Houston, attracts 43% of the vote. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate in the contest, and five percent (5%) remain undecided. (To see question wording, click here.) 

Two weeks ago, Perry posted an 11-point lead, 53% to 42%.  The new findings, while similar, are enough to  move the race from Solid Republican to Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports  Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard

Perry, who is seeking an unprecedented third full-term as governor, has led the race in each of 10 previous surveys dating back to early February. In all the polling, Perry’s support has stayed near the 50% mark, ranging from a low of 47% to a high of 53%. White’s support has been between 38% and 44% of the vote.

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The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Texas was conducted on October 21, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Other data from this survey will be released at RasmussenReports.com/Texas

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Americans See Bigger Domestic Terror Threat

Following the abortive terrorist attack in Texas this weekend, most Americans agree that Islamic terrorism is now a bigger threat inside the United States. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on May 4-5, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Voters Less Enthusiastic About Legal Pot

Support for legalization of recreational marijuana is down slightly, but voters nationwide oppose criminalizing smoking and growing pot in the privacy of one’s home.

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The survey of 800 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on February 8-9, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

License Plates Are Not Bumper Stickers By Froma Harrop

A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked Texas to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, which many consider an emblem of slavery. Texas said no, and the sons are suing because the state accepts other messages for specialty plates.

The sons have a point.

Nearly Half Want Their State to Legalize Recreational Pot

More voters now support legalizing recreational marijuana use in their state, even as Nebraska and Oklahoma plan to sue Colorado over its marijuana laws.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters now favor the legalization of recreational marijuana use in their state, while 43% are opposed. Support for legalization is up from 43% among all Americans in August and 41% of voters in January. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 23, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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