July 7th, 2010
09:24 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Deadlocked between Brown & Whitman

(CNN) – A new survey indicates that it's all tied up in the battle between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman for California's top job.

According to a Field Poll released Wednesday, 44 percent of California voters say they'll back Brown, the Democratic nominee, in the state's contest for governor, with 43 percent saying they support Whitman, the Republican nominee, and 13 percent undecided. Brown's one point advantage is well within the survey's sampling error.

Brown led Whitman late last month by six points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the first non-partisan poll conducted since the June 8 primary.


Brown is the state's attorney general and a former two-term governor in the 1970's and 1980's. He has also served as Oakland mayor and California secretary of state. Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO who also was an adviser and surrogate for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, has spent more than $90 million of her own money so far on her bid for governor.

The winner in November will succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who can't seek re-election because of term limits. Schwarzenegger has struggled to fix the Golden state's economy and has battled with state lawmakers over how to reduce California's massive budget deficit.

The Field Poll indicates that Brown leads in the San Francisco-Oakland area and in Los Angeles, with Whitman ahead among voters in San Diego, Orange County and the Central Valley.

According to the survey, Brown's unfavorable numbers are up 15 points, to 40 percent, with 42 percent viewing him in a favorable light. Forty percent view Whitman favorably, with 42 percent holding an unfavorable view.

The Field Poll was conducted June 22-July 5, with 1,005 California voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2010 • California • Jerry Brown • Meg Whitman
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. John Lohian

    The Republicans already screwed this country. It is time for California to put a moderate Democrat in the Governor' office. We don't need a wealthy elitist Republican ala George Bush and John McCain.

    July 7, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Guest

    Whitman was released from her job at HP
    and now wants to do the same thing to Calif. she did to HP.

    July 7, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Ron in california

    Brown is a 70 year old career politician who needs to stay home. He is going to push this already troubled state over the egde by taxing and spending. He will buckle to the unions and spend it all democrats in the Assembly. His track record in politics is not stellar as Governer-maginal, as Mayor-just OK as Attorney general-marginal. It will be a sad day if he is elected.

    July 7, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. RTB

    Is it really that close?

    Brown is way more appropriate to be Governor than Whitman.

    July 7, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. doug

    I wish that there was a way to get Democrats to think rationally and objectively while holding back on all their emotions and hatred, which is what fuels everything in their life.

    Levi Johnson was obviously telling lies but hate filled Democrats who want the whole Palin family killed took his words as the truth and used them to attack Sarah and her family, even though they knew they were lies, like everything else that ever comes out the mouth of a Democrat.

    You can never trust a Democrat, they will choose lies over truth intentionally. A republican never does that and the lies they tell about WMD proves that they have no real examples to show that Republicans are as nasty and evil as they are.

    July 7, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. San Fran

    Nothing like buying the Governors job for your own amusement huh Meg? Sorry, but being a member of the vanishing middle class prohibits me from voting for someone that is trying to buy the job.

    July 7, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Chris (Sacramento CA)

    Brown is going to loose and I cant wait to see the look on the liberals faces when that happens.

    July 7, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The Brown backers better prepare for state bankruptcy, as that is exactly where Brown will take them.

    July 7, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. drednm

    Whitman bought her nomination on ebay..... what a joke she is!!!

    July 7, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Dean

    When will people ever learn. After Brown's past performances for the state of California he should not even be a candidate much less have a chance to win.

    July 7, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Julie in CA

    It sickens me to think that this Cheney-supported billionaire could lead my state! I doubt that even if Jerry had the money to match the ridiculous campaign spending she's doing to buy her way in, he wouldn't. That tells me a lot and it's why I'm voting for him. With her as Gov., our coasts are at great risk and so is all the work that's gone into to our environmental issues. NO on Whitman! Plus, has anyone seen the press on her sons? Frightening to think they may have gotten her "values" as they sound quite racist.

    July 7, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Cody

    Meg, just spend some more money and promise to personally underwrite California's finances if you get elected. That should earn you the election.

    July 7, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. !!!!

    I would really like to know who the heck you people poll! do you really think we californians want another republican in office here?! get a clue! look at what Arnold did! I wouldn't vote for Whitman or ANY republican ever!

    July 7, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Donkey Party

    Please CA, show Whitman her money can't buy the Governor's seat.

    July 7, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. PalmReader

    Unbelievable that millions of Californians are so willing to help spoon feed Meg's insatiable ego.

    One would think that they had learned their lesson with Arnold.

    July 7, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Ben in Texas

    I wonder how many dollars per voter Whitman has spent now. It's only a matter of time before votes are bought outright by billionaires such as she.

    If we're gonna run elections like this, with massive amounts of money being spent, why don't we just put the office up for sale to the highest bidder and let the state treasury receive the money, instead of the media? At least that way, some benefit will accrue to the population.

    July 7, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    The last thing California needs is Jerry Brown as Governor. He has no idea and no plan for getting the State running efficiently and getting the financial situation under control. Meg Whitman's plan is clear, cleaning out unnecessary bureaucracy and taking better advantage of technology to operate the state's functions. And certainly there is a track record for her of ability to execute a plan and make something work that has not been operational before. She is an intelligent, dedicated leader and we are fortunate she is interested in working for California.

    July 7, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. MAC

    I grew up in California when Brown was Governor and he is a big part of the problem in Californias current financial problems with his liberal welfare state and big union butt kissing which broke California's budgets. His liberal agenda helped drive taxes and regulation up to drive business out of the state. This poll is just more proof that Americans and especially Californians do not remember history or do not care except for what is totally in it for them.

    July 7, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. samantha

    Im not a huge fan of Jerry Brown, but I take him anyday over that liar whitman, with her changing her stance on ILLEGAL immigrants, wanting to grant them amnesty. Forget her.

    July 7, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Freeman S. Peach

    A vote for the Moonbeam
    you will live to regret
    for your beautiful State
    it will drown in its debt

    Now a vote for Ms. Whitman
    will balance the budget
    you must purge out the libs
    as they continue to fudge it

    The taxes are coming
    just wait and see
    watch the people with money
    for soon they will flee

    July 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Debbie

    From CA and will never ever vote for anti-democracy, anti-military, anti-jobs, flip-flopper, evil Meg Whitman.

    Not voting is not acceptable to me. She said she didn't have time, she was busy raising her children. Really? Tell that to a person in a country who has no right to vote. Tell that to a mother of a son who shed his blood on the battlefield for Whitman's right to vote. Tell that to the face of a soldier in Iraq/Afganistan who has lost a limb that she was just to busy. Our soldiers weren't too busy to sacrifice life and limb for Whitman's right to vote! I'm not too busy to vote! Voting for Brown!

    July 7, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |