Bryant has big lead in Mason-Dixon poll

Gov. Phil Bryant has a commanding lead in the latest Mason-Dixon poll, which was released today.

Bryant is favored by 61 percent of voters, Democrat Vickie Slater by 30 percent, Democrat Valerie Short by 63 percent to 38 percent and perennial candidate Shawn O'Hara of the Reform Party by 2 percent. He has a large lead among both women and men but 72 percent of black voters say they prefer Slater and 78 percent of blacks say they prefer Short in a general election match with Bryant.

More than 70 percent of voters approve of Bryant's job performance. He has the approval of 83 percent of whites and 47 percent of blacks. 

This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida from April 21 through April 23, 2015. A total of 625 registered Mississippi voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. The firm said it also included calls to working cell phone numbers.