Brewer tops Goddard by 19 in new Rasmussen poll
Gov. Jan Brewer's political gamble on SB 1070 is paying dividends.
Brewer, who was mired in a crowded primary race just months ago, leads Democrat Terry Goddard, 56 percent to 37 percent, in a new survey.
Brewer, campaigning to be elected governor in her own right, struggled against a field of conservative challengers early on, but her tack to the right on immigration moved her to the head of the Republican pack. One by one, her opponents have dropped out.
The poll, by Rasmussen Reports, shows Goddard is viewed "very favorably" by 19 percent of Arizona voters, and "very unfavorably" by 19 percent.
Brewer is viewed "very favorably" by 36 percent, and "very unfavorably" by 21 percent.
Some say Rasmussen, a conservative pollster, has been pushing an agenda with their surveys, with the timing of their polls and their methodology called into question.
The recent Arizona poll was of 1,200 "likely voters" and has a margin of error of 3 percent, Rasmussen said.
Brewer, formerly Arizona's Secretary of State, automatically became governor when Janet Napolitano resigned to become secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Goddard, the state Attorney General, is a former mayor of Phoenix and the son of a former governor. He doesn't face a challenge in the Democratic primary.
Brewer was in a three-way tie with businessman Buz Mills and State Treasurer Dean Martin among Republican voters in March.
Tucson attorney John Munger, trailing in the polls, dropped out of the primary race in June.
Martin and Mills dropped out of the race earlier this month.
Newcomer Matt Jette remains in the Republican race, but has trailed badly in the polls.
A rumored run by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio never materialized, and Brewer's tack to the right on immigration and SB 1070 buoyed her with conservatives irked by her support of the Proposition 100 sales tax increase.
Arizona's primary election is Aug. 24.