Survey of 500 Likely Voters
July 18, 2006
Election 2006:
Arizona Governor
Janet Napolitano (D)


Don Goldwater 37%
Election 2006:
Arizona Governor
Janet Napolitano 53%
Len Munsil 35%
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Arizona Governor: Napolitano Still Way Ahead
Goldwater (R) 37% Napolitano (D) 52%

Although the gap has narrowed since late May, Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano still maintains a double-digit lead over the Republicans who want her job.

The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll shows that Napolitano now leads Don Goldwater, 52% to 37%. In our previous poll, she led the GOP frontrunner 55% to 34%. It is unlikely that she is losing any sleep over the slight decline in her advantage. 

The governor's lead over Republican Len Munsil has also narrowed a bit. Her lead over Munsil is now 53% to 35%; in May it was 58% to 29%. 
Napolitano is viewed favorably by 64% and unfavorably by 33%. 
Goldwater, nephew of the late Senator Barry Goldwater, is viewed favorably by 46%, unfavorably by 33%. Despite his famous name Goldwater is still an unknown to 21% of likely voters. 
Munsil is viewed favorably by only 34%, unfavorably by 38%, with 27% 
"not sure" what to think of him. 
The poll was conducted July 18, a few days before the first and probably last televised debate among the four Republican candidates. Arizona's primaries will be decided September 12. 

The state’s election of U.S. Senator is also looking good for the incumbent as Senator Jon Kyl continues to hold a solid lead.
Eighty-five percent (85%) of Arizona voters believe citizens should be required to
display a photo ID in order to vote. Thirty-six percent (36%) believe that some persons are improperly allowed to vote under current standards; 20% believe some are being improperly prevented from voted. 
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Arizona voters say ballots should be printed in English only; 30% say both they should be printed in both English and Spanish.

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