The results of the gubernatorial election would land largely in Republican incumbent Dennis Daugaard’s favor if the election was held today, an independent poll of South Dakota voters found.
In a Survey South Dakota election poll, sponsored by KSFY News, KOTA-TV in Rapid City and the Aberdeen American News, Governor Dennis Daugaard defeated each of his candidates in hypothetical head-to-head match ups. The survey was conducted by SurveyUSA.
Daugaard defeats Democrat Susan Wismer by 33 points and Democrat Joe Lowe by 36 points, according to the polling. Independent Michael Myers gets 11 to 13 percent of the vote, depending on which Democrat is on the November ballot.
Half of the South Dakotans polled favorably view Daugaard – an usually high number. The polling found that only 32 percent of Democrats viewed the current Republican governor unfavorably.
Watch the full story on the gubernatorial race in the video player above, and learn how South Dakota’s Senate candidates fared in the polling on KSFY News at 10. Wednesday, KSFY News will cover ballot issues, including voters’ opinions on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
About the poll: This poll was conducted by telephone in the voice of a professional announcer. Respondent households were selected at random, using Random Digit Dialed (RDD) sample provided by Survey Sampling, of Fairfield CT. All respondents heard the questions asked identically. The pollster's report includes the geography that was surveyed; the date(s) interviews were conducted, the number of respondents who answered each question and the theoretical margin of sampling error for each question. Where necessary, respondents were weighted using the most recent US Census estimates for age, gender, ethnic origin and region, to align the sample to the population. In theory, one can say with 95% certainty that the results would not vary by more than the stated margin of sampling error, in one direction or the other, had the entire universe of respondents with home telephones been interviewed with complete accuracy. There are other possible sources of error in all surveys that may be more serious than sampling error. These include: the difficulty of interviewing respondents who do not have a home telephone; the refusal by some with home telephones to be interviewed; the order in which questions are asked; the wording of questions; the way and extent to which data are weighted; and the manner in which specialized populations, such as likely voters, are determined. It is difficult to quantify the errors that may result from these and other factors. Research methodology, questionnaire design and fieldwork for this survey were completed by SurveyUSA of Clifton, NJ. This statement conforms to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.