Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and Vice President Bush appear to be the favorites in the March 8 "Super Tuesday" primary elections and caucuses, according to a Gallup poll.
The poll showed Dukakis with 61 percent of the Democrats in his home state favoring their governor. Meanwhile, a Houston Chronicle poll showed Bush receiving the support of 60 percent of likely Republican primary voters in his sometime home state of Texas.
Democrats in the 13 southern states holding primaries or caucuses on March 8 give Dukakis 26 percent; Sen. Albert Gore Jr. (Tenn.) 18 percent; Jesse L. Jackson 16 percent; Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (Mo.) 12 percent; former senator Gary Hart (Colo.) 11 percent, and Sen. Paul Simon (Ill.), who is skipping the South, 6 percent, in the Gallup poll.
The poll showed that while Bush still is the GOP favorite in the South and in Massachusetts, Senate Minority Leader Dole has been gaining. Bush is favored by 54 percent of the Republicans most likely to vote in the southern states March 8, while Dole has the backing of 33 percent.
The Gallup poll of 1,729 registered voters in the southern states and Massachusetts was taken Feb. 19-21. In the GOP races, the poll's margin of error was plus or minus 6 percentage points, and in the Democratic contests, it was 5 points.