Created: 01/16/2014 6:31 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is riding fairly high in the latest polls of New Mexico voters, while Democratic leaders are trying to figure out how to knock her numbers down in the 2014 election year.
The governor’s own re-election campaign polling shows her with a 62 percent approval rating among likely voters. But an independent poll, commissioned by Common Cause New Mexico, shows her with a 55 percent approval rating among registered voters – that’s registered, not likely voters. Pollsters admit polls of registered voters tend to undercount Republican strength.
The Common Cause poll, conducted by research & Polling, Inc., found Martinez with 29 percent disapproval, with 15 percent who either had mixed feelings or didn’t know. Along party lines, Martinez gets 80 percent support from her fellow Republicans, and wins over 40 percent of the state’s Democrats and 53 percent of its independent voters.
“Absolutely she’s beatable, and she will be beat,” said state Democratic Party chairman Sam Bregman. “She will be beat. Her numbers are starting to slip because more and more attention is being focused on what she’s done, or quite frankly what she hasn’t done.”
Bregman says Democratic lawmakers will support a higher minimum wage in the form of an amendment to the state constitution during the legislative session that starts next week. He said they will also support another amendment allowing the state to withdraw more money for public education from the state’s permanent fund that now totals about $11 billion.
The same Common cause poll that found Martinez with a 55 percent approval rating found the legislature’s approval rating at 30 percent.