March 17th, 2010
10:12 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Whitman makes gains in California race

Meg Whitman is now in a dead heat with Jerry Brown in this year’s battle for California governor.
Meg Whitman is now in a dead heat with Jerry Brown in this year’s battle for California governor.

(CNN) – Meg Whitman has made gains and is now in a dead heat with Jerry Brown in this year's battle for California governor, according to a new survey.

A Field Poll of likely California voters released Wednesday morning indicates that Whitman leads Brown 46 to 43 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup. Whitman's 3 point advantage is within the survey's sampling error. Brown led Whitman by 10 points in a Field Poll from January.

Whitman is the billionaire former CEO of eBay, who also served as an adviser and surrogate in 2008 for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. Brown is California's attorney general and former two-term governor from 1975-1983.

Brown, who formally announced his candidacy earlier this month, is facing no serious opposition for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Whitman, who jumped into the race last year, is battling state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the June Republican primary. The poll indicates Whitman leads Poizner 63 to 14 percent among likely GOP voters. Whitman's 49 point lead is up from a 28 point advantage in January.

California's current governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, is term-limited and prevented from running for re-election this year.

The Field Poll was conducted March 9-15, with 748 likely California voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: 2010 • California • Meg Whitman
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. NO FAILED CEO'S

    I hope California doesn't end up with another disaster of a governor. Meg Whitman will screw things up more than Arnold did. Vote Brown.

    March 17, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Tommy P

    ebay got worse under her so I hope she loses.

    March 17, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. get real

    Not a flattering photo of Ms. Whitman.

    March 17, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. gerald paddock

    what a joke no dems let me run ho wait i dont have 10 million to run what a big joke

    March 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Liberal wingnut

    Doesn't matter. They will never be able to overcome the left wing liberal legislative branches and will eventually go bankrupt.

    Kind of like the direction America is heading!

    March 17, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. j

    I'm not voting for her, I don't care how much money she spends, she's not buying my vote.

    March 17, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Republicans are a bunch of losers, with only tried-and-failed policies, who use fear, lies, division and hate to drive people to vote for them.

    Whitman is just another Republican hack who thinks giving money to the wealthy and de-regulating industry will solve our nation's problems – all evidence to the contrary.

    Don't be a fool – don't vote for Whitman!

    March 17, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Sue from California

    I hate it when someone tries to buy the governorship or any office in California. She is so blatent about it, too. She saturated the airways with her attack ads. I guess money decides who gets the job, not who is competent and will do the best job for the state.

    March 17, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Ron in California

    Meg Whitman is a better candidate than anyone else for Governer of California JUST because she ins't a career politician. I'm sick of these guys who spend their careers in polictics becoming corrupt tax and spenders.

    March 17, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. kd

    California, you're screwed if Whitman wins.

    March 17, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Civic Duty Voter

    How could anyone vote for politicians who have not upheld their own civic duty?? Whitman refused to vote for 28 years, which is not leading by example. No thanks.

    March 17, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. dave

    that's what we need more CEO's in politics

    make sure she knows there are no golden parachutes, no 7 figure bonuses, no out-sourcing jobs to India

    March 17, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. kapechi

    This is hilarious. She can actually auction off her votes on ebay and bring a new era of sunshine into the political game, and she'll make even more money because she charges a commission to sell the votes. New ground here, people.

    March 17, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. kapechi

    Someone should talk Pelosi into running. We need her OUT of WDC.

    March 17, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. lori

    Don't believe polls. She will never be governor for California. They probably polled people from orange county.

    March 17, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

    What California needs right now is an EXPERIENCED executive that knows how the state works ... not a rich Republican that wants to buy herself some social legitamcy.

    We can't afford to indulge her selfish fantasies of her own self importance.

    March 17, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. dan smith

    The Democrat party is the new Taliban.

    March 17, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. david

    Can anyone tell me what Meg Whitman ever did except run an on-line consignment shop? No production, no inventory control, no shipping department. She'll be more of a disaster for Califonia than Arnold.

    March 17, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. stop the nonsense

    When she first announce her run for our states top office I had high hopes that maybe the forward thinking CEO would be a good fit.
    Then she bagan er campaign and I find that she is just another Republicanhack who thinks name calling and degrading her opponent is more impotant than talking about issues.
    Frankly We don;t have a qualified candidate for Governor here.

    March 17, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Citizen !

    Maybe she will be able to balance the budget !

    March 17, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Unregulated capitalism has a short shelf life

    Her state should be reduced to four seperate states and Texas down to five new states,making them less of a drag on the whole.

    March 17, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Nick

    I don't want a Governor that has made me pay hidden-fees by the truckloads with her online-auction scam...and then proceeded to ignore every single e-mail I sent.

    March 17, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |