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For immediate release: Date: 8/3/2012 Survey: Nielson Brothers Polling (NBP) Statewide Survey, July 19 - 23, 2012 Subject

: Statewide South Dakota General Election Races Contact information:, 605 496-0911 Website: Republicans Lead in South Dakota Races but Some Contests are Tightening In the Nielson Brothers July 2012 survey, Republicans hold leads in all statewide political races among likely South Dakota voters. In the presidential race, Republican Mitt Romney leads Democrat Barack Obama 49 percent to 43 percent, with the remainder undecided. In the South Dakota U`S House race, incumbent Republican Representative Kristi Noem holds a slim lead over Democratic challenger Matt Varilek 47 to 46 percent, with the 7 percent undecided. Republicans are also ahead of their Democratic challengers in both of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission races. While incumbent Kristie Fiegen leads Matt McGovern by only two points (43 to 41 percent, with the rest undecided), incumbent Chris Nelson has a much wider lead, 54 to 30 percent with 16 percent undecided, over Democrat Nick Nemec. Respondents were also asked to evaluate President Obama’s job performance. 27 percent say they “strongly approve” and 18 percent “somewhat approve,” for a 45 percent overall approval rating. Of the 55 percent who disapprove, 42 percent say they “strongly disapprove.” “While Republicans lead all major races, some Democrats appear to be gaining ground,“ says Paul Nielson, President of Nielson Brothers Polling. “We plan to continue to poll regularly to track movement in key races,” adds Nielson. NBP surveyed a random selection of South Dakota registered voters July 19 - 23, 2012. The question on the presidential race drew 546 responses, with a 4.19 percent margin of error. The question on the US House race drew 541 responses, with a 4.21 percent margin of error. The question on the PUC race between Fiegen and McGovern drew 536 responses for a 4.23 percent margin of error. The question on President Obama’s job performance drew 549 responses with a 4.18 percent margin of error. Nielson Brothers Polling will release more findings from the survey, including questions on ballot and social issues. Interested parties may contact NBP with regard to questions and answers on past and future public surveys. For more information contact, or call 605 496-0911.