March 18th, 2010
02:47 PM ET
4 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. John

    All Democrats are done this fall...... true story....

    March 18, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Andy

    GREAT already started and not even November,the liberals/dems must go to save America,the tax payers can not continue to pay for the lazy and worthless that will not work,the welfare queens and illegals.

    March 18, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. D.

    Since the current administration took over, all the usually tolerable leftist semi-socialist nonsense is not tolerable anymore. People are fed up with this fundamental manipulation (not change, manipulation!) of the foundation of this land! The senator is an obvious target for revolt against this war on our foundations!

    March 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This is such good news, more than any other she and Chuck Schumer represent the evil faces of progressivism in our society and what is wrong with our political leadership. Thank you California voters, please continue the march until this evil crone is gone.

    March 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. MsDp

    It's not over unitl it's over, the fun has just begun. Boxer will prevail!!!

    March 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Dean

    This can't really be a surprise to the Democrats. And the rest of them had better get their resumes in order.

    March 18, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Dan

    This is good news indeed. Barbara Boxer is an embarasment to the state of California.

    March 18, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. carlos

    let us do away with those repulsive, repugnant CONServatives also called gophers....they are the scum on this earth........send them all to the middle of the ocean, NOTHING will be missed.........joined the COFFEE PARTY and growing by leaps and bounds......I hope not to read anything from the imbecile Doug, LibNJ.....scumbag!

    March 18, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Judy

    Boxer needs to go.

    March 18, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Ramses

    We do not care about the polls, Democrats or Republicans,who wins or who loses. We want a decent HC, Jobs, lower taxes, good benefits for all in America and in the World. Many politicians, insurance companies, drug companies, wall street, banks, Corporations & the Governnament, etc etc are playing games with hard working, tax paying middle class & the poor. It is time to fix it all. It is a disgrace it is happenning in America.

    March 18, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    She should lose her seat based on the way she treated the military officer suring the Senate hearing.

    If you haven't seen it, do a search for "Boxer" and "call me senator." Her actions were reprehensible and pathetic.

    March 18, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Alex Padilla

    we will reelect senator Boxer, for sure

    March 18, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Bob in Pa.

    It is time to refresh the tree of liberty. Dump them all !

    March 18, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. paul

    The candidates who lose this year and subsequent years have no one else to blame but themselves! Not Democrats as a whole or even Republicans. JUST THEMSELVES! We vote them in NOT to vote along the party line but to vote for the good of the people. I consider myself a democrat but I have also seen myself agree with Republicans on some things as I have with Independents.

    Government is FOR THE PEOPLE not the party.

    March 18, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. waltinAZ

    Senator Boxer my prayers are with you!

    March 18, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Read the contstitution

    Obama and dems talk about change, but then they try to elect the same scum that has been in congress for decades...like Boxer. I just can't believe people like her are still in office.

    March 18, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Tom Bbb

    Not a surprise. Those who overreach as the Dems have in diregard for the public are likely to be replaced; hopefully with someone responding to public concerns and without a sense of arrogance.

    March 18, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Gary's Opinion

    If she votes for this bill I will not vote for her....if she votes against it then I'd consider voting for her. It is quite simple.

    March 18, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. John D

    It would be nice to see the good people of California do away with this woman. She exemplifies the very worst of what is going on in DC.

    It would be nice to see Pelosi gone too.

    I think California can do it. They were brave enough to overturn the gay marriage law. Keep it going and get it done!

    March 18, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. SuperHiro

    If demon sheep lady wins I'm leaving the state.

    March 18, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Tommy P

    I cant wait for the Repubs to regain power. It will be funny seeing the looks on all the tea baggers faces as they see what the repubs will bring to the table – nothing!

    March 18, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    vote this silly beaver out.........

    and that wanker Polosi should be next............

    but Commie-fornia does not know any better

    I say sell it to mexico or Tiwan

    maybe south africa would be interested

    March 18, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Stephen Rubenstein

    There would be nothing sweeter than saying Bye Bye Barbara in November. Nothing.

    March 18, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Leroy

    Please do realize if they reelect Republicans back and give them control of things, we'll get into more costly and bloody wars, invade and meddle with more countries and cut all help to the needy. They need to review WHY democrats got control of congress and 2006 and why Obama was elected with further control of congress in 2008. What are people thinking??

    March 18, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Ridgeway

    Woof, woof! Hey it's like the Chinese thing in her home state. "The Boxer Rebellion". Sweet. Bye, bye Barbara.

    March 18, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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