September 26th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Boxer, Brown lead in California

(CNN) – A new poll should be welcome news to California Democrats.

According to a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California poll released Sunday, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer holds an 8 percentage point lead over former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in the state's race for Senate. Likely voters favor the three-term senator 51 percent to 43 percent over Fiorina. Four percent of likely voters remain undecided.

Among voters who were identified as being most enthusiastic about voting this year, Boxer trails Fiorina by 17 points.

The poll also found that Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown leads former eBay CEO Meg Whitman 49 percent to 44 percent in the state's gubernatorial race. Five percent of likely voters were undecided. Brown's 5 percentage point lead is within the survey's margin of error.

Among the most enthusiastic voters, however, Whitman held a 12 percentage point lead.

The two Democratic candidates fare better than their Republican challengers when it comes to how they're viewed by voters. Boxer and Brown have dead-even favorability ratings, while likely voters have marginally unfavorable feelings about Whitman and Fiorina.

"In any election, there are many factors that affect who voters choose to vote for. Favorability is one way to measure their affect - the positive feelings people have toward a candidate," the poll's research director, Jane Junn, told CNN. "And when more people feel negatively rather than positively, it is much more difficult to persuade a voter to choose you."

The LA Times/USC poll [pdf] surveyed 887 likely voters from September 15-22. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

In a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted September 2-7, Boxer held a 4 percentage point lead over Fiorina in the Senate race and Whitman held a 2 percentage point lead over Brown in the gubernatorial contest. Both results were within the survey's margin of error.

On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial in which they made the "extremely rare" decision not to endorse either Boxer or Fiorina for Senate.

"It is a dismal choice between an ineffective advocate for causes we generally support and a potentially strong advocate for positions we oppose," the paper wrote. "Neither merits our endorsement for the U.S. Senate."


Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Carly Fiorina • Jerry Brown • Meg Whitman • Polls
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. todd

    Dear god consider the source of the poll, the l.a. times is as communist as one can get!

    September 26, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. NYC REPUB

    The money Whitman has spent, (had she stayed in the business world as an employer) could help put people back to work in the private sector......Instead she chooses to buy an election.......
    Well the 100 million plus dollars is probably a tax right off.

    September 26, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. PA-Pilot

    I'd hardly call an 8 point lead over Fiorina something to write home about. Then again, most anyone who would vote against a Democrat has already moved out of CA out of exasperation.

    September 26, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. GAR

    California will not elect the totally unqualified Whitman or the arrogant and partisan right winger Fiorina. From a California voter.

    September 26, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Jason

    What's the difference between unions spending millions of $$'s on Brown's behalf and Whitman spending millions of her own money to combat the message being pumped out by the unions? Frankly if Brown is willing and able to use the power of the unions as surrogates for his lack of campaign dollars, then I don't see why Whitman can't use the resources she has at her disposal.

    September 26, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Dale Birmingham

    A poll conducted by democrats in a democratic area = wishful thinking. Go figure. I'm in cali and absolutely NO ONE I KNOW is voting for either one of those idiots you say are ahead by 8 astonishing points!!! Really, we're not stupid idiot. Boxer will be hung out to dry and Brown, well he'll be 6 fooet under before the election results are completed.....

    September 26, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Jess C

    Thank God! But, you'd think this would be a no-brainer. Carly was a miserable CEO; got fired....who needs that running government. Whitman is trying to buy her way in so she can be Mitt's VP at some point....no thanks! We don't want either...go Barbara and Jerry!

    September 26, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. dna

    LOL, bankrupt california?

    September 26, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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