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On September 30th SurveyUSA released a 600 sample poll of adults taken in Missouri from September 27th through the 28th which shows overall results similar to the August numbers for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D). The margin of error is 4.1%.

The poll was sponsored by KCTV in Kansas City.

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Jay Nixon is doing as Governor?


51% – approve

38% – disapprove

11% – not sure

Democrats [37% of sample]

62% – approve

32% – disapprove

6% – not sure

republicans [25% of sample]

31% – approve

58% – disapprove

11% – not sure

Independents [29% of sample]

54% – approve

37% – disapprove

9% – not sure

There has been significant improvement among “Independents”, no change among republicans, and an increase in disapproval among Democrats.

Regionally there is net positive approval for Jay Nixon in Kansas City, St. Louis, and the southeast region of the state. There is net disapproval in the southwest region of the state with an even split (at 40%) and a high number of “not sure” responses (19%) in the northern region.

There appears to be a gender gap:

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Jay Nixon is doing as Governor?


Male [48% of sample]

44% – approve

46% – disapprove

10% – not sure

Female [52% of sample]

56% – approve

32% – disapprove

12% – not sure

Governor Nixon’s stable statewide numbers, when compared with those for others taken at the same time (President Obama, Senators Bond and McCaskill), appear to indicate that the water quality issue in the Lake of the Ozarks has not gained traction in further diminishing the governor’s approval.