2010: Poll: Perry Ahead of 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 three statewide trade groups.

Rick Perry and Bill White
Rick Perry and Bill White  Illustration by Todd Wiseman

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.

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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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