A poll conducted for lieutenant governor candidate Bob Williams shows that although Hollis French, the other Democratic candidate for the seat, has a greater name recognition, French also has larger negatives than does Williams.
Williams, a teacher from Palmer, paid for the poll, which was conducted by EMC Research, a firm with offices in Washington state, California, Idaho and Oregon. It surveyed 400 likely primary voters from Feb. 4-7, and has a 4.9 percent margin of error.
It also shows that a majority of voters will not be voting for Gov. Sean Parnell and that his negatives are more than 40 percent. In the poll, only 25 percent knew who Democratic candidate Byron Mallott was.
Note: The poll did not mention independent candidate Bill Walker’s name, which makes the gubernatorial numbers suspect.
The narrative accompanying the numbers says that French has “limited appeal outside of the base,” and that Williams has “significant upside potential with a strong ability to appeal to voters across the board.”
Williams is a political neophyte. However, he surprised many by reporting having raised more than $63,000 in his last report.
Here are some key numbers from the poll.
- 54 percent will not vote for Parnell. 16 percent will “definitely” vote for him, and 26 will “probably” vote for him.
- 40 percent have a negative view of Parnell.
- Mallott only has a 25 percent name ID.
- French has a 54 percent name ID.
- 22 percent have a negative view of French.
- Williams only has a 10 percent name ID.
Among those who have heard of him in Anchorage, Williams’ favorability ratings is 12 points higher than French’s.
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