March 18th, 2010
02:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Boxer gains voter anger, loses ground in poll

 A new poll suggests Sen. Barbara Boxer is facing a tough bid for reelection.
A new poll suggests Sen. Barbara Boxer is facing a tough bid for reelection.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, hopes to keep her seat. But a fresh poll suggests she may have a steep hill to climb.

In the latest Field Poll released Thursday, a slight majority of Californians hold a negative view of her.

Fifty-one percent view the senator unfavorably, with just 38 percent having favorable views of her. That's a 12-point jump in Boxer's unfavorable rating in the poll in January.

Meanwhile, Boxer appears to be losing ground in hypothetical match-ups between her and three potential Republican challengers: Rep. Tom Campbell, R-California, former Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO, Carly Fiorina, and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.


According to the poll, there's a statistical tie between Boxer and Campbell, the same between Boxer and Fiorina, and Boxer leads little known Assemblyman DeVore, in the poll, by 4 points.

In January, Boxer held comfortable leads against her potential Republican rivals in the Field Poll.

As for where things stand for the Republican candidates vying for their party's nomination, the poll shows Campbell holding a 6-point lead over Fiorina and a 19-point lead over DeVore among the GOP voters. Those numbers have not changed significantly since January.

And though California voters more easily recognize Campbell and Fiorina than DeVore - the number of people who have no opinion of them remains high: 59 percent, 58 percent and 78 percent, respectively.


Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Poll
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Philip Shelley

    Replace All the democrats and republicans with Americans! United We Stand Divided They Fall

    March 18, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. angel

    Gee! It just took CA over 30 years to find out that Mrs. Boxer has been a liability, the great state of CA, all along. She hasn't never look after any californian but herself. If they end voting her out then they may have a better opportunity to overcome all the bad stuff that this lady had done for decades-beginning by allowing millions upon millions of illegal to bankrupt the State of CA.

    March 18, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Center left-out

    I'm voting for Sen. Boxer. No more obstructionist Republicans for California.

    March 18, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Leave Him Alone

    Fiorina = Failed CEO

    Barbara Boxer may be down in the polls, but once this healthcare mess is done with, she'll get a little bump.

    March 18, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    Read my lips, No new Corporatist!

    March 18, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Fabulous......

    send her to an old age home where she can peddle Obamacare to the residents......

    She is just one of many Democrats that have fallen on their sword for Obama and Pelosi.....now they will pay in November......

    March 18, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Jazzy

    If Californian voters let these former CEO's in....they will get what they deserve and deserve what they get. They will have to drive their own trash to the landfills, educate their kids at home (becuase there won't be enough teachers to go around), scream and cry over increased property and state taxes beyond their belief. They think tuition is skyrocketing now at their public colleges..huh this is a walk in the park compared to what may come. I wrote it here first! I never believed CEO's are best fit for public office especially when they weren't the best of CEO's in the private sector.

    March 18, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Remember Liberals,

    "We" have guns.

    I would be afraid, very afraid."

    LOL. Silly angry mullethead. People in the traditionally liberal major urban centers have been practicing shooting each other for decades. I'm 100% certain they'd be happy to start shooting conservatives instead of each other if you pseudomilitia weekend daycamp warriors decide to threaten them. Do you conservative religio-fascist racists really want to go 0-2 on civil wars? I gurantee you that's all your threat amounts to.

    March 18, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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