Mike Espy MS Name Recognition

Our January 2018 survey of Mississippi's Democratic voters found that Mike Espy enjoys a very high name ID (85%) and approval ratings (net+ 57%) for one who left office in 1994.1

Our late March 2018 survey of likely 2018 general election voters shows Espy begins his first campaign in 25 years with a solid foundation2:

  • 94% Name ID
  • 44% approval rating, including 33% of white voters who approve
  • +18% net approval, including +2% net approval among white voters
Mike Espy Approval Ratings
Group                       Approve         Disapprove       Unsure        Name ID            Net Positive
Overall 44% 26% 24% 94% +18
White Voters 33% 31% 30% 94% +2
White Women 34% 26% 34% 95% +8
Whites <35 33% 22% 44% 100% +11

In this survey conducted in the days immediately after the appointment of Cindy Hyde-Smith as US Senator, Mike Espy leads in a three-way race that includes Hyde-Smith and State Senator Chris McDaniel and is getting almost one in five white votes. These numbers understate Espy’s eventual strength among African American voters, who give Espy only 63% in this early survey. Historical vote patterns in Mississippi suggest he will secure 95%+ African American support against Hyde Smith and McDaniel.

Candidate   Overall %      White Voters  Whites <35
Espy 34% 18% 26%
Hyde-Smith 27% 39% 7%
McDaniel 21% 28% 41%
Undecided 18% 15% 26%

African Americans % of Nov Turnout.        

Required % Other Vote 
33% (2016 Turnout) 28%
35% (Registered Voters) 26%
37% (BVAP) 24%
39% (Doug Jones-level over performance)  22%
1 N = 878 1/26/2018; MOE = 3.3%+/-; 40% mobile phones; weighted to 73% African American (Democratic primary voters)
2 N = 603, 3/27/2018; MOE = 4.00 +/-; 36% mobile phones weighted to 35% African American (General election voters)