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Brewer behind Goddard in poll
Napolitano would lose to McCain in Senate race

KINGMAN - Arizona voters are already forming some opinions about next year's elections.

According to a Cronkite School of Journalism/Channel Eight poll of 862 statewide registered voters, in a contest for the governor's seat between current Attorney General Terry Goddard and Gov. Jan Brewer, 48 percent would vote for Goddard and 28 percent would vote for Brewer, 21 percent said it was too early to decide and 4 percent they wouldn't vote for either candidate.

Sen. John McCain, however, would beat current Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano in a race for the U.S. Senate. Fifty percent of voters said they would vote for McCain, 41 percent said they would vote for Napolitano, 4 percent said they wouldn't vote for either candidate and 5 percent said they were undecided.

Arizona voters were split on their opinion of President Barack Obama. Forty-eight percent approved of his job performance, while 48 disapproved and 4 percent were undecided.

The decision on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan was also close.

Forty-five percent of voters said they would approve of sending more troops to Afghanistan, 40 percent were opposed and 15 percent had no opinion.

However, voters were optimistic about their economic future. When asked about how well they would be doing economically one year from now, 54 percent of voters polled felt their situation would be improved, 26 percent said they would be worse off, 8 percent said their situation wouldn't change and 12 percent said they didn't know.

Of the 862 registered voters polled, 36 percent were Republican, 34 percent Democrat and 30 percent were Independents. The sampling error for the study is plus or minus 3.3 percent.

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