Voters: Election A Win-Win For Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – In a poll conducted by Wilson Research Strategies on behalf of Empower Texans, 65 percent of Republican primary voters say they consider re-electing Rick Perry as governor a double-win: Perry keeps working successful in Austin and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison continues her fight in Washington.

“Texas is fortunate to have strong leaders, and voters apparently want them both in the game for the important fights facing our state and nation over the next several years,” said Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of Empower Texans / Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. Earlier this week the organization’s PAC endorsed Gov. Perry for re-election.

“Primary voters clearly want to see Gov. Perry and Sen. Hutchison where they are, fighting for Texans and conservative values — not against each other.”

The poll was conducted by Wilson Research from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24 and sampled 600 primary voters.

Last week, Empower Texans reported that the same poll found that 69% of primary voters were eager to see Sen. Hutchison stay in Washington and fight the Obama Administration’s plans for health care takeover and energy taxes.

“We were interested in finding out, as filing for office begins, what primary voters thought of the upcoming race,” explained Sullivan.

On behalf of Empower Texans, Wilson Research Strategies conducted a state wide research study of likely Republican primary voters in Texas.

Respondents were asked: “Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement: By voting for Rick Perry for Governor, Texas wins in two ways. First, Rick Perry remains Governor and, second, Kay Bailey Hutchison remains United States Senator.”

Respondents were contacted by phone via a live telephone operator interview November 22-24, 2009. The study has a sample size of n=600 with a margin of error of ±4% in 95 out of 100 cases. The sample was stratified to represent the Texas state electorate based on age, gender, and geographic distribution.

The key findings memo from Wilson Research Strategies is available here.