Alaska Independent Gov. Bill Walker would beat Republican challenger Mike Dunleavy by nearly eight percentage points if a head-to-head election, according to survey results obtained by The Midnight Sun.
The poll, which was conducted by Anchorage pollster Ivan Moore’s Alaska Survey Research firm, surveyed 761 Alaska adults with a ± 3.6 percent margin of error. The polling was conducted between March 25 and March 29.
It showed Walker would tally 51.4 percent of the vote to Dunleavy’s 43.6 percent of the vote. Just 5 percent of voters were undecided according to the polling.
The polling takes a narrow look at the race, assuming a head-to-head between Gov. Bill Walker and Republican front-runner Mike Dunleavy, who has yet to lock up the Republican nomination. The race for governor has yet to see a major Democratic entrant, but thanks to a recent Alaska Supreme Court ruling Walker could enter into the Alaska Democratic Party’s primary.
Alaska’s primary election is Aug. 21, and the general election will be on Nov. 6.
The survey asked respondents their favorability rating of the candidates as well as their vote if the election were held on the day they were asked.
Walker has a positive net approval rating with 44 percent of respondents saying they had a very or somewhat positive opinion on Walker while 34.9 percent said they had a very or somewhat very negative opinion. Just 4.4 percent didn’t know who Walker was and 16.6 percent of respondents had a neutral opinion.
Meanwhile, about a third (33.2 percent) of voters didn’t know who Dunleavy was. The voters who did, however, had a wider net approval rating of Dunleavy than Walker. Dunleavy’s combined positives clocked in at nearly 29.7 percent to a combined negative of 14.5 percent. 22.5 percent of respondents were neutral toward Dunleavy.