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. Malt

    If Boxer and Brown win, then California deserves the economy and unemployment that they they have. Boxer is a rich idiot. At least Fiorina will help get the economy on its feet. Arnold has been a disaster, but it's because he's been 'ruling' like a democrat. Seriously voters, do you really want to sink your economy further? The good weather isn't going to save your state much longer.

    And reading most of these posts proves that liberals will say just about anything (false and exaggerated) to get their kooky ideology in place. Libs love to paint republicans as 'the rich'. Well, ALL FOUR candidates are uber-wealthy. The main difference is that the republicans understand the economy. Their not perfect, but they're better than "I've earned it" Boxer.

    September 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Steve Fielder

    People need to remember that rich Corporate CEO's like Whitman and Fiorina don't spend the kind of personal wealth to the degree they both have unless they expect to profit from doing so. Take one example: the Capital Gains tax rate. If Republicans achieve power and manage to eliminate that tax completely; not only will that put a greater tax-burden on the middle and working classes, almost all the benefit will go to people like the rich Corporate CEO's; people like Whitman and Fiorina! Don't be fooled, California voters, Whitman and Fiorina care only about themselves and their rich buddies!

    September 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Hugo

    Let's see, California has 20 billion plus in the red State budget with a Democratic controlled State legislature and a RINO actor running the show. Ya know, if Californians are stupid enough to vote in someone like Nancy Pelosi, then let them have Governor Moonbeam and Barbra Boxer... Hope all those State employee's like IOU's in lieu of money for their pensions. Very experienced people, are you kidding? The only experience either of them has is at government expansion and environmental thuggery to destroy what is left of our Nations manufacturing and industry? Smoke up California, smoke up!

    September 26, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Mark Jeffery Koch

    It looks like Meg Whitman will not be allowed to purchase the governor's office afterall. Her disgraceful comment that she will spend whatever amount of money it takes to buy the office and her committment to spend $150 million of her own money to do that should, hopefully, have awakened California voters that their votes are not for sale. If we are going to allow mega millionaires to buy offices of mayor, governor, congressmen, and senator we might as well put a section in the classified ads in the local newspaper listing the prices for all the public offices that are for sale.

    September 26, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Latesha Bo

    If California votes Democrat again, then enjoy the High Unemployment and don't blame others for your failures. Enjoy the soup line with Obama in 2 years.

    September 26, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Ira Dernotsei

    I like this guy, Brown, brings a fresh new approach to California. No matter their experience at eBay and HP(Q), Whitman or Fiorina were just CEOs, but Brown's got real "Get-it-done" experience. Just look how well California has done in comparison to these fly-by-night enterprises in the private sector. Looking at their stock price alone over the last 20 years... Ooops, had my charts upside down. Looks like these corporations have really taken off in spite of a financially failing State of California. Never mind, Brown's a loser, and Boxer a dead weight. Time to get some fresh blood before California goes comatose.

    September 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    California is fortunate that Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina have stepped up to lead this State and to represent us in the Senate. We have already seen the kind of performance we can expect from Brown and Boxer. It's not pretty and not what California needs going forward. Boxer actually just represented Obama in the Senate and helped push through failure after failure. There are a lot of liberals in LA and San Francisco, but they're not stupid enough to send Boxer back for more of the worst performing Senate in US history. Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina are our best hopes for pulling out of this slump.

    September 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Shannon

    The so called tea party aka racist and bigots aren't going to take over this country. People see that the Repblicans have aligned themselves with these people, and now we our energized to vote. The Dems aren't the ones calling the unemployed lazy, and apologizing to BP, we aren't the ones who want to legislate morality and stealing from campaign funds. The Dems believe in the Constitution, not just the parts that suit our needs. We believe that the Country has honor, and we don't need to get it back. We will keep the House and the Senate. We don't want the party of extremes and big business in power.

    September 26, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of either Boxer or Brown, but as far as I’m concerned they’re by far the lesser of evils when factoring in Whitman and Fiorina. The lower and middle class don’t stand a chance if Whitman and Fiorina are elected, as they’ll do everything they possibly can to help corporate America and its executives thrive, but will turn a blind eye as American jobs continue to eliminated and / or shipped overseas. We need people that'll work to level the playing field for ALL, and not just focus on what's best for the country club set.

    September 26, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Interesting how one poll says the GOP leads, and another says the Dems lead. Betcha both are liars.

    September 26, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Whatever

    Whitman should apologize for the NJ governor's behaviour the other day at her rally. The guy happened to be someone who was probably going to vote for her but he has gone on national tv to say NOT anymore!!! He himself is a retired millionaire that wanted to hear her speak to the the issues, which she has yet to do. If a candidate cannot speak to the issues, they have in a sense declared they are unfit. Don't have a town hall and not answer questions.

    September 26, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Really???

    California's worst problem is the people who live there. If California votes to keep Brown/Boxer, they deserve all the economic misery they get.

    September 26, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Phillip Bias

    what would you exspect for california, they are so stupid they keep electing officals how dont have a clue how to follow a budget. they still have to come crying back to the fed to borrow money because they arent able to handle there own problems. really what did you exspect common sense? funny very funny

    September 26, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. True Conservative

    Libtards will lose EVERYWHERE to the Tea Party. We are energized, while the Dims, Moderate RInos and the rest of the socialist left will stay home. LOL at the losers

    September 26, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. GramFreddie

    If the exit poll sampling of California voters in the 2008 election was D / I / R , 42 / 28 / 30, and the sampling of voters for this poll, including leaners, was 55 / 9 / 35, how can a "trusted' news source like CNN print this poll as anything except biased toward a Democratic outcome?

    September 26, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. We The People Rebellion

    It is really a shame that all those who vote for the lberal side are so uneducated and resistant to finding a real job that they have to be the welfare burdens of such a great nation, no wonder that when the big one hits that God will wash all of them in the ocean. Open your eyes and love America and get a job or pack your bags and leave it.

    September 26, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Mark

    Their good news is Bankrupt Liberal California is going to support liberal candidates?

    September 26, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. abscam

    That is the problem now.Too many politicians with enough experience to shaft you and you don't even realize it until it is too late.If these experienced Democrats are so good for the state why is it so far in debt.When you go to the polls and vote remember that the only thing a politician does is spend other people's money.That is their only function.

    September 26, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Tony

    Say what you will about California...

    But they have my total respect for ignoring the teabaggers and getting down to serious politics. The races may be close, but at least the only contenders are "real" people instead of the nutbag anarchists that are being put forward for election in the rest of the country.

    Governments are a neccesary evil, and so are the taxes that support them and the peoples business. The wack jobs like Angle, Miller, O'Donnell, Rubio and Palin would have you believe that we can "eliminate" government (at least the US Government), and give all power to the states. What treasonous nonsense!

    I say arrest the lot them and send them to California for re-education!

    September 26, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. southern cousin

    It would be a darn shame if these two corrupt, union toadys won, but then again what can you expect from a state where everyone is stoned. They don't want excelllence in govenment, they just want more drugs and that why you end up with politicians of low caliber of Boxer and Brown.

    September 26, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. abscam

    It would seem a plus that Whitman has made money and paid her way and paid millions in taxes and not been on welfare since the 60's.What seems to get votes now is a promise to give more freebees.Sure the Democrats will win.When you have a majority looking for something for nothing it is a shoe in until the country is broke and can not pay.The only possible reason for the rush for immigration reform is to strengthen the voting bloc.

    September 26, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. abscam

    Unless you are for more handouts you will always need moderation and will be awaiting it.

    September 26, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. annie s

    As a native Californian planning to move back to my beloved home state next year, I can only hope that the voters allow sanity to prevail. Carly Fiorina is a failed CEO (with a golden parachute payout) who outsourced thousands and thousands of American jobs to India, and Meg Whitman never even voted before deciding she wanted to buy herself a governorship. Barbara Boxer is a proven friend of the middle class and Jerry Brown was a fantastic Governor before and will be again!

    September 26, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. peaslvr

    Great to hear about some democrats doing well! I'm behind them both.

    September 26, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Me

    Sorry, but no way.

    September 26, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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