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. Nice Try LA Times.

    Another "Push" Poll by the LA Times. Granted, Californians are stupid, but they're not that stupid.

    September 26, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. guest

    Everyone has been saying "Where are the dems, they are so quiet? We don't have to make all that noise just pull the lever and vote NO to the party of NO!

    September 26, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Willa-PA

    I hope the people will stay awake and keep researching before they vote. We don't need super rich lunatics in government who spend so much money, with which they can do some good instead of wasting it away, just to get elected and then voting to take everything away from the middleclass which keep them afloat.

    September 26, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Tard

    Well, kids, if moonbeam wins the US will be bailing out an entire state.
    The 'people' in Kalifornia really need to wise up and get an experienced business team in charge of the state.

    September 26, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Tony P. from Oakland, Ca.

    Meg Whitman's campaign has been untruthful about Jerry Brown after the facts were reviewed. Arnold Schwarzennegger, another CEO, has done absolutely NOTHING for Califorina except saddle additional debt for Special Elections over special interests to attempt passing his failed propositions becas of the mistaken belief a conservative majority would vote on special elections. A CEO running Government means a spacial tax code for the Coporate structure. And tax cuts for the Coporate structure means rising deficits and additional burden on the middle class. California doesn't need that now.............

    September 26, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. vic, Nashville TN

    Now good new is for California democrats next Nevada democrats

    “Pledge to America” is back fire now

    September 26, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Christine

    If you have enought money to buy your seat, I'm sure wall street would just love you!

    September 26, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. michaelam

    Keeping California BLUE one candidate at a time!
    Barbara Boxer....2010!
    Jerry Brown...2010!

    Come November, remember which party was and still is responsible for the Great Recession and vote them out! A vote for any and ALL Republicans/Tea Potty is a vote for disaster, ruin, and third-world status!

    September 26, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. jillib

    You'd think Whitman and Fiorina would have learned the Romney lesson – money doesn't buy victories.

    I'm actually more repulsed by the amount of money they're spending – that type of spending – even if it is their own money – doesn't make them attractive candidates, in fact, more the opposite.

    September 26, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. FrankinNJ

    Lol, first off the polls are within 5-8%. Wouldnt call that a huge lead for a democrat in CA. I wouldnt laugh to soon. still plenty of time to go to get undecided voters and the margin of error right.

    September 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Stan

    I cannot believe anybody would vote for Brown or Boxer.

    September 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. pkfops

    Meg isn't going to win; she's from New York. All that $$$ she is spending? Too funny.

    September 26, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. BobInIrvine

    I can't believe anyone would vote for people who are buying the candidacy.

    Oh, and for those Republitards here, please tell me how the experience of CEOs that offshored US jobs is any kind of qualification to govern?

    September 26, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. tel

    If Californians want a person who is totally committed to the people, there is only 'One Person' who has worked tirelessly for them–Jerry Brown. Electing 'moneybags Whitman' will be fine if you like continued largess for corporate America, which has sold the middle class down the drain. Brown knows how to solve problems. Vote Brown.!!

    September 26, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Hannah

    Well Stan, I can't believe anyone would vote for Fiorina or whitman.

    September 26, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Lucas Breen

    I suppose the Dems should be happy with these numbers, but quite frankly, they are lucky the GOP candidates are so awful.

    Forina was a disaster as a CEO in the private sector, and has repeatedly demonstrated that she is both shrill and petty.

    Whitman has done nothing with her life except make more and more money. Now she has decided that she should be governor of California and is spending millions to make that happen. I know a lot of ordinary people living paycheck-to-paycheck who I'd trust to be governor before her.

    At least with Boxer and Brown you have two very experienced people who work very hard and have a lifetime of service to the people of the State.

    September 26, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Well doh!! One a failed CEO who made lots of money by sending American jobs oversee and then she had to quit with her golden parachute.
    The other – not much to say about her except she is a rethug.

    September 26, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Jerry1555

    I can't believe after all these years that the LA Times and other lefty outlets have failed to realize that we are on to them.

    You would think that they would have figured out by now that posting polls that run far astray from every other reputable polling house just don't fly with the voters....

    September 26, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Troy

    If you have ever seen "The World According to Garp" you'll notice the similarity between John Lithgow in drag and Meg Whitman.

    September 26, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Jerry1555

    Lucas Breen Writes:
    "Whitman has done nothing with her life except make more and more money."
    "At least with Boxer and Brown you have two very experienced people who work very hard and have a lifetime of service to the people of the State."

    I suppose being CEO of major multi-national companies creating and providing hundreds of thousands of jobs across the globe, generating billions in private sector wealth and revenues to governemnts qualifies as nothing???

    Boxer and Brown have done what exactly for California? Please provide some examples for us all to absorb and debate.

    September 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    It all boils down to the DEMOCRATS voting!!! The VOTING depends on the Democratic Politicians getting out there and UNITING the BASE!! Uniting the BASE means believing in the accomplishments made thus far in Congress!!! Believing in the accomplishments we have made and making sure it does not get repealed is being ‘courageous’!! Being Courageous means STATE the CASE for our party and meaning it – stop being PUNKS!! STATING the CASE will UNITE the BASE and we will WIN this RACE in November, 2010!!! How’s that for a SPIN!!???

    We cannot let the RepubliCAN’Ts take over because all they are pushing is that “Pledge to Nowhere” and more of the SAME!!

    T’SAH from Virginia – the Original Liberal – and not the Impersonator!!

    Iftand NOT the RepubliCAN'Ts winning on their own appeal!!!

    September 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Adalbert

    We are where we are thanks to republican wars, tax cuts, job transfers and corporate welfare. So, it is inconceivable as to why any working class American in their right mind would want to vote for the republicans?
    Republicans never done anything to help the working class and they never will. They are in the pockets of the corporations and other special interests with huge resources. Money and power is all that the new GOP is interested in.

    September 26, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Tim from NC

    Well of course the DIMocrats are ahead in a poll commissioned by 2 of the most elitist, liberal organizations known to man..... I'm surprised the 'results' are showing them to be ahead by 150 points.....

    September 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Don

    You look at what politicians Californians have elected to ruin their state and you understand the line about "fruits and nuts".

    September 26, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Steven in Charleston

    There is a lot of frustration in CA - and across the country - about the lack of progress President Obama and the Democratic Congress have made on the issues they campaigned on, and a lot of frustration at the lack of speed in the Economic Recovery. This frustration is reasonable and, to a certain extent, deserved.

    HOWEVER, the GOP is making a grave error if they think that this frustration is going to automatically translate into us (the American People) handing the keys to the car back to them. All we have heard - beyond the hysterical lunatic fringe screaming about how Obama is either a Fascist or a Socialist (which couldn't be more different) or a non-American - is a "Plan" to take us exactly back to the failed policies that got us trillions of dollars in debt, on the verge of global economic collapse, and with a near-permanent economic underclass. The American People can, at times, be stupid, but we're not THAT stupid.

    If the GOP wants to come forward with a genuine plan of NEW ideas designed to expand opportunity to ALL Americans, nurture small business, and bring our inflows and outflows into balance, I'm willing to listen. But as long as they continue promoting the failed policies of the past, I'll stick with candidates with a "D" next to their name.

    September 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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