Martinez popularity ‘sky high,’ poll says


Gov. Susana Martinez (Photo by Heath Haussamen)

A survey from a Republican polling company says Gov. Susana Martinez’s approval rating is “sky high” as she finishes her first year in office.

Some 65 percent of those surveyed by Public Opinion Strategies said they approve of the job Martinez is doing, while 29 percent said they disapprove.

The survey of 500 registered voters was conducted Dec. 12 and 13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percentage points. Read the polling memo here.

A pollster with Public Opinion Strategies (POS) was among those who criticized the voter-registration composition of the left-leaning Public Policy Polling survey unveiled last week. The release of the POS survey about Martinez appeared to be timed to beat release of Martinez approval numbers from the PPP survey, which is expected today.

The POS poll memo states that “Survey respondents were 34% Republican, 51% Democrat and 15% Independent, which reflects the composition of the electorate in the 2008 general election and mirrors the current voter registration gap between Republicans and Democrats in the state (17%).”

More from the poll memo:


“ • The Governor’s approval rating has actually improved over the course of the year, from 59% approval in March to 64% approval in August to 65% in the current survey.

“ • Among Republicans, Martinez holds a 90% approve/7% disapprove rating; among Independents, 62% approve and 29% disapprove, and; among Democrats, Martinez is at 49% approve/44% disapprove.  Among soft Democrats, her approval rating is 74% approve/17% disapprove.

“ • Sixty-two percent (62%) of Hispanics and 68% of white voters approve of the job performance of the Governor.”

“Our jobs governor is keeping her promises to New Mexico families. Her integrity, work ethic and dedication to improving the lives of everyday New Mexicans are at the heart of her soaring job approval,” Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Monty Newman said in a news release.

Update, 1:15 p.m.

I should have mentioned earlier, for purposes of disclosure, that the polling memo is from POS’s Nicole McCleskey, the wife of Martinez’s top political adviser Jay McCleskey.

6 thoughts on “Martinez popularity ‘sky high,’ poll says

  1. Gofdisks – huh?  You paint our democrat led legislature as a defender of the faith (well, I guess they are, so you’re right there … but its their own, not that of the citizens) and guards upon the wall to protect us from the mongol hoards of Martinez.  Come on!  Pretty much the same group of guys and gals who enabled Richardson and his shenanigans and you think they’ve changed?  Wow.

    The POS poll is slanted, just like the PPP poll was – both organizations are tools of the political power heirarchy and both should be taken with a grain of salt.  But one reason Martinez remains above 50% is because the issues she (or McClusky) picked to fight about in the courts were popularly themed and court ruled the way she (or McClusky) thought they would.  For Heavens sake – she did the same thing with this unemployment tax issue as Richardson did with another issue and both were wrong.  But the Gofdisks Keepers of the Faith supported Richardson and oppose her because (drum roll) … they are different party’s.

    Same do-do we see nationally – partisan, power based, money based issues, decision and opposition.        

  2. The average person on the street hasn’t added it all up yet, the popularity is based on exposure. She gets a lot of exposure, having the Supreme Court find her “guilty” time and time again trying to abuse her authority.
    Stever, so far, she has been exactly like Bill Richardson. Hiring and appointing political pals, hiring spouses of her staff into lucrative jobs they don’t qualify for, firing state employees to make room for her own appointments, telling boards and commissions how to vote, appointing donors to boards, funny money business with Albuquerque Downs, traveling out of state to give speeches for her party that have absolutely nothing to do with New Mexico business, having her state driver break the speed limits to get her to events on time, etc etc etc

  3. She is only popular because our Democratic legislature and our judicial system has prevented her from over-stepping like her counterparts in other states like Wisconsin.

  4. Even thought I supported Martinez; hoping for a change–can anyone provide a list of Martinez’s accomplishments that deserve this opinion poll rating by New Mexicans?