Perry Leads White in Trade Group Poll

Rick Perry and Bill White
Rick Perry and Bill White

Gov. Rick Perry is maintaining an 11-point lead over Democrat Bill White, according to a survey of 1,200 registered and regular voters done for the Texas Civil Justice League, Texas Medical Association and the Texas Farm Bureau.

The poll, done by Fort Worth-based Lighthouse Opinion Polling & Research, has the governor's race at 48 percent for Perry and 37 percent for White, with 11 percent undecided and the rest going to minor-party candidates.

It shows Perry with a 15-point advantage in the Houston media market, tied in Dallas and ahead in every other geographic area except for Austin and the border. Is it a national thing? Maybe: The poll has Sarah Palin beating Barack Obama among Texas voters in a hypothetical matchup with a result that looks a lot like the Guv's race: 51-36. (White's a point above Obama; Perry's three points behind Palin.)

Down the ballot, Republicans are — according to this survey — trouncing Democrats. They've got Republican David Dewhurst being Democrat Linda Chavez-Thompson by 35 percentage points (55-20) in the race for lieutenant governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott beating Democrat Barbara Ann Radnofsky by 38 points in that race (58-23), and Republican Eva Guzman ahead of Democrat Blake Bailey in the race for a spot on the Texas Supreme Court by a 37-25 margin.

The telephone poll of 1,200 likely voters was conducted October 15-17 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent. Partial crosstabs are attached, above.

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