January 22nd, 2010
09:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Whitman holds large lead in GOP gubernatorial battle

A new poll indicates that Meg Whitman has a large lead over her remaining Republican opponent in the battle for California's GOP gubernatorial nomination.
A new poll indicates that Meg Whitman has a large lead over her remaining Republican opponent in the battle for California's GOP gubernatorial nomination.

(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Meg Whitman has a large lead over her remaining Republican opponent in the battle for California's GOP gubernatorial nomination.

According to a Field poll released Friday morning, Whitman holds a 45 percent to 17 percent lead over the state's insurance commissioner Steve Poizner in the Republican primary, with nearly 4 in 10 GOP primary voters undecided. Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, is a billionaire with national party connections. She served as an adviser and surrogate in 2008 for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.

The survey's release comes after former Republican Rep. Tom Campbell dropped his bid for governor and is now running for the Senate in California. A Field Poll released Thursday indicates that Campbell now leads the GOP field in the fight to oust Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. Before dropping out of the governor's race, Campbell was in second place, trailing Whitman but leading Poizner, according to the Field poll.

In a hypothetical general election matchup, the survey indicates that Democratic state attorney general Jerry Brown leads Whitman by 10 points, 46 percent to 36 percent, with nearly 1 in 5 voters undecided, and Brown leads Poizner by 17 points, 48 percent to 31 percent, with just over a fifth of voters undecided. Brown, the former two-term governor from 1975 to 1983, has yet to declare his candidacy for governor. California's current governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is term limited and prevented from running for re-election this year.

The Field Poll was conducted January 5-17, with 958 registered voters in California questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    If she only drove a truck, imagine what her lead would be. I wonder if she will remember to vote, though.

    January 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Good!

    As a Californian - I say "VERY GOOD"! Now if we can get rid of the liberal fools in the CA legislature that have run my state into the ground with their run-away welfare spending programs, we'll be back on the road to making California the great state it once was. And I KNOW it will happen!

    January 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Ben in Texas

    California's governorship is obviously for sale to the highest bidder, and nobody will be able to out bid billionaire Whitman.

    Thanks to yesterday's Extreme Court ruling, soon Saudi princes and other foreigners, as heads of corporations, will be buying American political offices. That's what the Extreme Court calls "free speech".

    January 22, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Libertarian

    Top 5 States (in order) in financial trouble and their Leadership party
    California – R
    Illinois – D
    Arizona – R
    Nevada – R
    New Jersey – R

    See a pattern? The conservatives run tight ships right?

    January 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Dutch the Great

    If you think Cali is in bad shape now, wait until this failed CEO takes over.

    January 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Just goes to show...poll numbers are directly proportional to candidates' campaign treasure chests. Meh...doesn't really matter anymore. After the SCOTUS' decision this week, we only have one party left anyway: corporate America. Compared to the power giant corporations would wield if we abolished all government, the only real difference is we currently suffer myriad middleman puppets to reap a profit off them and us by dancing on their strings.

    January 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Jefe

    I'm guessing she's salivating right now, dreaming of exporting jobs for the benefit of corporations.

    January 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    California's illegal immigrant problem, may just make it impossible to solve that state's financial ills.

    The bad social programs of Brown, which granted too much too illegals, has cost California so much, that it may be impossible for them to ever become truly solvent, again.

    January 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    Who really cares? What was handed down by the activist supreme court will give us the Governor from United Health Care anyway. I have lost all hope for this country after that ruling. If you can't see it coming people I feel sorry for you. Mussolini would be very proud of such a ruling.

    January 22, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. RTB

    God bless California.

    January 22, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Great. Now we'll probably have another Republican California governor to mess things up even more.

    January 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Michael Shea

    Lets hope Jerry Brown wins!!!!

    January 22, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Oh boy another Plutocrat running for office, wow CNN this is big news. How much has she committed to spend to buy this election so far 200 to 300 million. How much did Bloomberg spend to become King of NYC 500 Million?
    Why don't we just rename the constitution of the wealthy, for the wealthy and by the wealthy? Didn't our founding father's revolt against England for these same reasons?

    January 22, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Am I the only one who finds it disturbing that Whitman is BUYING her way to the governor's mansion??????? She gave her campaign $20 million of her own money, and people wonder why WE, the PEOPLE are not represented in government!

    January 22, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Don

    No big surprise. She has already pumped something like 40 million of her own money into her campaign, and her ads are running constantly on local radio here. Considering she couldn't even get interested enough in public service to vote until recently, this looks like a classic case of someone very rich getting bored and deciding to buy themselves a new toy to play with, the state of California.

    January 22, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. patNY

    No matter who's the Dem. gov. candidate is in CA, he/she better learn from NJ, VA, MA, etc...and not take winning for granted.. campaign hard, with a strong populist message, stay on that message, and go grassroots all over the State, including areas you think may be too conservative to win over...

    January 22, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |