Texas Voter Poll: Barry Smitherman Has Higher Favorability Percentage and Leads Attorney General Race vs. Paxton and Branch

I was doing some research this week regarding the upcoming 2014 Texas Attorney General Republican Primary Election and came across a professional survey that was released a couple of months ago. I was surprised that I had not seen any coverage of this poll. The results were pretty clear cut. Barry Smitherman leads Ken Paxton and Dan Branch in both favorability and who Texas voters would elect for Texas Attorney General if the election were to be held now. Below are the highlights from the poll:

Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research conducted a study of likely Republican Primary Voters in Texas. Respondents were screened to ensure that they were neither a member of the news media nor a public relations company. The sample for this survey was stratified based on gender, age, and geography. This methodology allows us to minimize post-survey “weighting” which can reduce the reliability of survey results.

Respondents were contacted by phone via a live telephone operator interview May 13-15, 2013. The study has a sample size of 751 likely Republican Primary voters in Texas with a margin of error of ±3.6%.

Key Findings:

Barry Smitherman has a stronger name identification than Dan Branch and Ken Paxton.

The question was asked, “After I read each one, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of that person.”

Barry Smitherman – 14% favorable
Dan Branch – 5% favorable
Ken Paxton – 8% favorable

Smitherman has a seven point lead on the overall ballot with more than three quarters of likely GOP Primary voters undecided. Smitherman is very competitive in Paxton’s and Branch’s home region of Dallas-Fort Worth, and he has an 11-point lead in the greater Houston area.

The question was asked, “If the Republican Primary election for Attorney General were held today, for whom would you vote if the candidates were...”

All Likely GOP Primary Voters:

Barry Smitherman – 13%
Dan Branch – 4%
Ken Paxton – 6%
Undecided – 77%


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