June 4th, 2010
10:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Whitman leads Poizner by two to one margin

A new poll indicates Senate hopeful Meg Whitman has opened up a significant lead in the California GOP primary.
A new poll indicates Senate hopeful Meg Whitman has opened up a significant lead in the California GOP primary.

(CNN) – With four days left until California's primary, a new survey indicates that Meg Whitman has a two-to-one lead over her opponent in the battle for the state's Republican gubernatorial nomination.

A Field Poll released Friday morning shows that 51 percent of likely GOP primary voters support former eBay CEO Whitman, while 25 percent back California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. Nearly one in five remain undecided.

The survey indicates that Whitman leads among all subgroups, including age, gender, geography, religion, ideology and Tea Party movement identification.

Whitman held a large lead over Poizner in numerous state polls earlier this year, but more recent surveys indicated that Poizner, a self made multimillionaire, was closing the gap, thanks to commercials questioning Whitman's conservative credentials, her stance on illegal immigration, and her ties to Goldman Sachs.

But Whitman, who's spent around $70 million of her own money on the campaign, has widened her lead in polls released over the past two weeks.

The Republican winner in the June 8 primary will face off in the general election against state Attorney General Jerry Brown. The former two term governor is the presumptive Democratic nominee.

More than six in ten questioned in the survey say Whitman has a better chance than Poizner to defeat Brown in November, with 21 percent saying that Poizner has the better chance to beat Brown.

The winner in November will succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is term limited.

The Field Poll was conducted May 27-June 2, with 511 likely California GOP primary voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2010 • California • Meg Whitman • Steve Poizner
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. nate s

    I really liked Whitman till' I saw this commercial where Poizner points out Meg's stance on the new Arizona immigration bill. If she's against it she's not the Republican I want representing me. She responded by putting out another commercial explaining a "strong" stance on illegal immigration. Well if it's so strong then why doesn't she support the Arizona bill. I've recently voted for a lot of Democrats, including Obama for president, but when I see that our elected officials disagree with the first real immigration bill to pass, shoot- I'm jumping ship.

    June 4, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yes Republicans, lets put a candidate up that has not voted in one single election herself in the past 30 years.

    A nice one morons, LOL

    June 4, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Jerry Brown all the way. Failed CEO's don't belong in politics.

    June 4, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Patriot

    I guess California Republicans have become convinced that Meg hates Latinos more than Poizner does.

    Congratulations Governor Jerry Brown!

    June 4, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Matt

    Whitman is not a "Senate Hopeful" as the caption under her pic indicates. Who checks these things? Jeeze. Whitman will be defeated anyway, so who cares? We don't need Goldman Sachs running our state.

    June 4, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Anne P

    Go Jerry! We don't want Meg either; just another corporate talking head endorsed by Cheney. Enough said.

    June 4, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    Whitman is the best candidate her own money can buy. Like the guy says, money doesn't talk. It screams.

    June 4, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. supersenior

    She may be ahead with the right wing GOP but she cannot buy the Gov office.

    June 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Mesa Mick

    And the battle royal is on in the GOP primary to see who will be lucky enough to be the "first loser" in the general election come November...

    June 4, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. chris24

    is it just me, or does anyone else not trust someone who
    spend 80 million of their own money to become an office-holder?

    if she is that much of a loser to have to spend that much
    money to sway us her way, why should we vote for her?

    something very strange about this woman.

    June 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Jon, Palo Alto, CA

    Money and meanness make a great Republican candidate.

    June 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. geecee

    At least she is a smart lady who deserves a chance at office – unlike another Republican woman who was simply an airhead and a dimwit but got so far as to almost become our V.P. because of her looks and no other reason. Fortunately there are some Republicans who are getting past that with Meg Whitman. They aren't as stupid as I thought after all!!

    June 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |