Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard continues to lead his Democratic challenger, Scott Heidepriem, by a wide margin in the race for governor of South Dakota.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Daugaard, a Republican, earning 52% support to Heidepriemâ€™s 35%.Â Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, while nine percent (9%) are undecided.
Daugaard posted a nearly identical 52% to 36% lead last month just after winning his party’s primary contest.
In four surveys conducted earlier this year, support for both candidates has shown little change. Daugaardâ€™s support has ranged from 49% to 53%, while Heidepriem has captured 32% to 36%.
Heidepriem faces a traditionally conservative electorate that hasnâ€™t elected a Democratic governor since 1974.
Male and female voters in South Dakota favor the Republican by double-digit margins.Â Daugaard leads by 13 points among voters not affiliated with either major party.
This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in South Dakota was conducted on July 6, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Republican Kristi Noemâ€™s post-primary bounce appears to be over, and she and incumbent Democrat Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin are now in much tighter race for South Dakotaâ€™s only House seat.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters in South Dakota favor repeal of the new national health care bill.Â Thirty-four percent (34%) oppose repeal.Â These finding are roughly in line with voter sentimentsÂ nationally, and include 49% who Strongly Favor repeal and 24% who Strongly Oppose repeal.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of South Dakota voters who Strongly Favor repeal support Daugaard.Â Heidepriem earns support from 68% of those voters who Strongly Oppose repeal.
Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters in the state agree with the Justice Department’s decision to challenge Arizona’s new immigration law in federal court, but 61% disagree with that decision. This is even higher opposition to the federal move than is found among voters nationwide.
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