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New Mexico’s Martinez gets high marks in two polls


New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) isn’t one of the most vulnerable governors facing reelection this year, and for good reason: Her approval ratings are pretty high.

Two new polls released Thursday show a majority of New Mexico voters approve of her job performance. A Public Opinion Strategies survey, conducted for Martinez’s campaign and shared with The Washington Post, shows 62 percent of voters approve of the job she’s doing, including 68 percent of independents.

A poll conducted by Research and Polling Inc., an Albuquerque-based pollster, on behalf of Common Cause New Mexico pegged Martinez’s approval rating at 55 percent.

The state legislature isn’t liked as much as Martinez. The Common Cause poll, conducted Dec. 20 to Jan. 2 with a 4.5 percent margin of error, found just 30 percent approved of the legislature’s job performance, while 43 percent disapproved.

Martinez will face the winner of the June 3 Democratic primary featuring Attorney General Gary King and state Sens. Linda Lopez and Howie Morales. Martinez will start out with a big cash lead; she hasn’t released end-of-year reports yet, but at the end of September Martinez held almost $3.3 million in reserve.

The poll conducted for Martinez’s campaign surveyed 600 registered voters between Jan. 13-15, with a margin of error of 4.38 percent.

Reid Wilson covers national politics and Congress for The Washington Post. He is the author of Read In, The Post’s morning tip sheet on politics.

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