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. As dubya

    If you want to get re-elected while being hated.. talk to Dubya.

    March 18, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. RufusVonDufus

    Hey, Barb, have the arrogant Kenyan come and campaign for you again if you want to see how really low your numbers can go. We are completely sick of people like him and you. Take you liberal socialistic garbage and go live in Europe or Canada. We don't want you.

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

    Ever since this arrogant "call me senator" witch talked down to a great man serving our country I cannot stomach her. She should be defeated and sent back to the rock she crawled out from. She is a disgrace to this country!

    March 18, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Jim in San Mateo

    Boxer has yet to come out swinging. Californians know what comes with Republican representation. Hispanics are treated like vermin, school are second thought (and sometimes third) and taxes are cut for the wealthy because only the little people should pay taxes.

    March 18, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. FloridaCPA

    Another Dem to go in November, and in the most liberal area of the country, guess Mass. wasn't a fluke. Keep talking about health care Dems, you are doing Republicans a favor.

    March 18, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Just Saying

    There is no way CA will go Repug for Senator....

    March 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Pragmatic

    You can work on governing or you can worry about re-election. Evidently Ms. Boxer has decided to work on the job she was elected to do: By the time the health care bill is passed, and the drama dies down, we'll see what the elections bring. People who benefit from the health care reform, also vote.

    March 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. David

    It is going to be ugly in November. All these libs on here that predicted the death of the GOP are looking rather dumb. I said on here before that the two party system is going nowhere. It is a scam that will continue to be run on America as these people continue to bleed us with these ridiculous bills. it is going to lead to an epic revolt.

    March 18, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Robert

    I can't imagine why any Californian would want to dump Sen. Boxer. She is one of the best and brightest leaders in America today. Let's hope they sober up and keep this great public servant in office..

    March 18, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    I recently moved to California and look forward to working and voting against the re-election of Boxer.

    March 18, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Rob

    About time the democrats had to fight for their seats here in california

    March 18, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    It's amazing how the voters of this country will lash out the party currently in power if their life is not going well, instead of the party that caused the problems to begin with. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves?

    Republicans (and some Democrats) support corporate interests over the rest of us. If we put them back in power we're in trouble. They want to do away with Medicare, Social Security, they don't want to re-regulate wall street who kept their gambling winings while we covered their losses. And we, of course, pay these people great salaries, benefits, and pensions while enabling them to do these things. Like I asked earlier, why do we keep doing this to ourselves.

    March 18, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. A True Centrist

    Health care, health care, health care...if this bill passes, the Dems will be trounced in November. As an independent, I like two-party rule in Washington, but I fear the Republicans will take over everything if the Dems continue to push bills that the majority in this country do not like (see Cap and Trade, Health Care, Bailouts)

    March 18, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Michael

    The Democrats are on the way OUT! All of them for what they have done with obamcare.

    March 18, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. stop the nonsense

    Most of this is not anti-Boxer sentiment but lack of leadership form Democrats and Congress in general.
    where have the Senators from California been on the healthcare issue? Where have they been on the jobs bill (it's a joke in my estimation unless it's public works top-heavy)
    We as Americans are tired and frustrated by career politicians that say nothing inorder tostay in office.
    Take a stand and fight for it!

    March 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. TwoSet

    good.. spend and spend, tax and tax Dems..

    She like all the Dems are pushing and taxing bills they think are good but have minimal public support. They will all be gone soon.

    They promised change and its the same old Washington. Both parties are terrible but at least the Republicans dont want to tax us to death.

    March 18, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Jerry

    Please rid all of America of this menace to freedom, Vote her out.

    March 18, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    That's what happens when you betray the American people.

    March 18, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. steve 41

    It is all about health care and the fact she has not held town hall meeting and has closed her ear to the public like the rest of her party from OBAMA down.

    March 18, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Kevin

    You're going down!

    March 18, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Obama Victim

    Boxer losing in California...this is how bad it is going to be for the Dems in November...anyone from a swing district who votes yes Sundaymight as well clean out there desk at the same time

    March 18, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. normajean

    I was born and raised in California, have been a voter for more than five decades, have voted for Barbara Boxer and have NEVER been polled in my life. Just who are these people that continue to tell me what I want or don't want? I'm getting sick and tired of this. I don't even know anyone that has ever been polled. I and my family and friends will once again vote for Barbara Boxer. I have heard very little about any
    of the others and won't be voting for them anyway. Don't try to tell me what to do!

    March 18, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Robert

    Those politicians that think the public anger is because they haven't done enough are delusional and out of touch with most Americans.
    If health care passes, I will give my money and my only vote to the candidates who will vote to repeal it!

    March 18, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. John

    It's about time voters wise up about this Senator. Vote for someone intelligent this time. Please!

    March 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Ann

    This is the only news network that moderates comments!! So let's see if these sweetie pies, put my comment on!

    ANYBODY that votes for a democrat politician has got to have rocks in their head. Enough said. Now I'll wait till cnnnnnn approves,lol.

    March 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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