The mid-term elections are just around the corner and Wednesday we begin to take the wraps off our KELOLAND Media Group/Argus Leader scientific poll.
Over the years it’s been the most trusted and accurate poll in the region. Over the next few days we’ll be focusing in on the governor’s race, the U.S. House race and some of the hotly contested ballot issues here in South Dakota.
Wednesday we begin by looking at the governor’s race which is too close to call.
Throughout her political career, Congresswoman Kristi Noem has been popular in South Dakota.
We asked 500 registered voters in our KELOLAND Media Group/Argus Leader scientific poll if they recognize her as favorable or unfavorable.
44 percent of those who told us they are likely to vote in the November election give Noem a favorable rating, while 35 percent do not. 21 percent are neutral.
We asked the same question of Democratic State Senator Billie Sutton.
His favorable rating is higher than Noem’s at 50 percent. 24 percent recognize him as unfavorable and 23 percent remain neutral. 3 percent don’t recognize him at all.
We also asked, if the election were held today who would you vote for?
According to our poll 45 percent say they’d vote for Noem, and 45 percent would vote for Sutton: a tie.
Also according to our poll, Libertarian candidate Kurt Evans gets 1 percent of support, while 9 percent remain undecided.
Wednesday night at six, we’ll get reaction from Noem and Sutton about our polling numbers and what they plan to do to get those 9 percent who are still undecided.
Our poll has a plus or minus of no more than 4.5 percent which means that there is a 95 percent probability that the true figure would fall within that range if all voters were surveyed.