Raleigh, N.C. – Jay Nixon has managed to move himself up in the rankings of the most popular governors in the country but lose ground in his re-election bid since PPP last polled Missouri in January. But he still remains a solid favorite for another term against two leading Republicans who are still almost completely unknown to the general electorate.
46% of Show-Me State voters like their governor’s work, and 29% dislike it, versus his 44-31 approval spread four months ago. He has inched up with his own party and with independents, and he retains unusually strong crossover support—29% of Republicans approve to 39% who disapprove.
But, at the same time, his two potential opponents have creeped up on him in the horseraces, and once a GOP nominee is chosen and is able to broaden his public profile, the race could close further. Nixon leads frontrunner Dave Spence by 11 points (45-34), down from 20 points in the last survey (47-27). He tops Bill Randles by 14 (46-32).