Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard led all potential Republican rivals in the 2010 governor’s race in a poll released April 27.
The poll, by the North Carolina-based firm Public Policy Polling, showed Goddard, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, with slim leads over incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The poll, which surveyed 803 voters from April 23-25, showed him beating Republican candidates Dean Martin, Buz Mills and John Munger by wider margins as well.
Goddard led both Brewer and Arpaio by 47-to-44 percent margins. Both hypothetical matchups fell within the poll’s 3.4 percent margin of error. Arpaio has said he is considering a run for governor but has not declared as a candidate.
The other candidates, who are challenging Brewer for the Republican nomination, did not fare as well against Goddard. Poll respondents gave the attorney general a 47-to-36 percent lead over Martin, the state treasurer; a 45-to-37 percent lead over Mills, a Paulden businessman; and a 46-to-31 percent lead over Munger, the former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and past president of the Arizona Board of Regents.
Poll respondents gave Brewer a poor job approval rating, with 35 percent saying she’s done a good job since taking over in January 2009, and 46 percent giving her a negative rating.
Goddard had a 39 percent favorability rating in the poll, better than all candidates except Arpaio. The sheriff had a 58 percent favorability rating, with a 38 percent unfavorable rating.
Martin and Mills had 19 and 18 percent favorability ratings, respectively, and Munger showed just 4 percent. But the poll showed most respondents undecided on the trio of Republican challengers. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they were not sure whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Martin, 65 percent were unsure about Mills, and 85 percent were unsure about Munger.
Forty-three percent of respondents identified themselves as Republicans, compared to 35 percent who said they were Democrats.