by Jim Nintzel
OK, now we're really skeptical about Rasmussen surveys.
The latest report shows that Brewer actually picked up points after her disastrous debate performance and now leads Democrat Terry Goddard by 22 percentage points:
Despite her halting debate performance last week, Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer now earns 60% of the vote in her bid for reelection, her best showing in the race to date.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Arizona Voters shows Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard with 38% support. One percent (1%) like some other candidate in the race, and another one percent (1%) are undecided.
The race remains Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
Two weeks ago, Brewer posted a 57% to 38% lead over Goddard. Since May, Brewer's support has steadily risen from 52%, while Goddard's has hovered in the 35% to 39% range. The survey, taken Tuesday night, follows nearly a week of negative publicity surrounding Brewer's debate performance and suggests that voters remain focused on the issues that divide the two candidates. Brewer remains a champion of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration despite a
U.S. Justice Department challenge, and she maneuvered around Goddard to fight the new national health care bill in court. Goddard opposes the immigration law and supports the health care bill.
Not that voters in the state are unaware of the debate. Eighty-five percent (85%) say they have followed recent news stories about Brewer's performance in the debate at least somewhat closely, with 47% who have followed Very Closely.
Forty-eight percent (48%) say her handling of the debate is at least somewhat important to how they will vote, with 22% who say it's Very Important. Fifty-one percent (51%) say it's not very or not at all important.