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July 05, 2011


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Very interesting results, especially that Martinez has actually gotten more popular since the election last fall, unlike most of her fellow Republican governors.Also, thanks so much for doing two separate questions about same-sex marriage/civil unions. As always its interesting to see how the numbers match up when civil unions is and is not an option, and its great to see numbers on the issue for the state of New Mexico which Ive never seen before. Its greatly appreciated!!


You absolutely pinpoint the variables that the GOP will be looking for in order to find its VP candidate next year.For that reason, it would be interesting to do Marco Rubio or Susanna Martinez favorables in any swing state you poll, e.g. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, etc.Alternatively, a question as to whether a VP candidacy of either individual would make a voter more, less, or similarly likely to vote for the GOP nominee.


When did Republicans learn the Southern Strategy was politically toxic?


I personally dont seeing anything surprising about these numbers. I wonder if having a popular female governor helped Bachmanns support there? Could N.M. be in play for 2012 for the red side of the ticket? Gary is still popular there, but Richardsons numbers show that the state is very opinionated when it comes to past elected officials. Martinezs election seems to have been a referendum on Richardson.

Dustin Ingalls

Alternatively, a question as to whether a VP candidacy of either individual would make a voter more, less, or similarly likely to vote for the GOP nominee.We asked that about Rubio in Florida, and it didnt make a difference even to his home-state voters.


Be careful! Sarah Palin was also a popular female Republican governor of a relatively small state.


I have lived in New Mexico for over 40 years and Martinez is NOT popular. The State Courts have had to slap her down several times in her 6 months in office for her attempts at dictatorial overreach. She is basically a cop who ran a dysfunctional, and some say very corrupt, office during her tenure here in Las Cruces. She will not win another term and the idea of her as a VP pick is a joke much like the quitter queen Scara Palin who endorsed her.


@Anonymous: Not so. Susana may not be popular in the north central part of the state but shes done a good job governing from the center-right.If she continues on her current path, she really could do some damage to the Democratic Party in NM, particularly in light of the Bill Richardson legacy.@Tom: Bill Richardson may not have had a scandal, but Id argue many in NM see his entire term as a never-ending and unfolding scandal. There are a lot of pay-for-play investigations going on, his Secretary of State is being prosecuted for official misconduct, and a number of vanity projects put in place during his term are going deeply into the red (Rail Runner), with precious little positive to say about the years he governed the state.NM is light blue, but Dems are in real danger here. Anonymous notes the court rulings against Susana; the flip side is that these cases were brought by Democrats to compel more spending, and the line-item vetoes (clearly unconstitutional) had a pragmatic political touch.Susana is a savvy politician, and not to be underestimated. Im interested to see how much she can move the needle of Hispanic party affiliation in NM.

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