Statewide, 43% of registered voters support Hood, while 37% back Reeves and a very significant 20% are undecided.
Attorney General Jim Hood draws over 80% of Democrats, 14% of Republicans and leads Reeves 38%-33% among independent voters.
While Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is widely considered to be the likely Republican nominee, there has been some stirring of a potential primary challenge from State Treasurer Lynn Fitch. In a match-up among GOP voters who regularly vote in the party primary, Reeves holds a 37%-18% lead over Fitch, with 45% undecided.
Another part of the poll concerns Governor Phil Bryant’s job rating, which is down from a year-and-a-half ago.
Statewide, 59% of Mississippi voters approve of Bryant’s performance as governor, 31% disapprove and 10% are unsure.
In April of 2015, Governor Bryant’s job approval rating was 72%, dropping to 68% in March of 2016. That dynamic could work in favor of Democratic Attorney Jim Hood if he decides to run for governor in 2019. Hood’s personal popularity has enabled him to remain the only Democrat holding statewide office as Mississippi shifted strongly Republican.