Poll: Plurality say they'd vote to re-elect Feinstein
March 24th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Plurality say they'd vote to re-elect Feinstein

(CNN) – A plurality of California voters say they'd be inclined to vote to re-elect Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year, according to a new poll.

A Field Poll released Thursday indicates that by a 46 to 42 percent margin, California voters say they'd be inclined to vote to re-elect Feinstein next year when she runs for a fourth full term in office. Twelve percent of those questioned were unsure.

"This is a less positive assessment than voters have given Feinstein in Field Polls conducted in the year prior to her three previous re-election bids. In each of those measures, majorities of between 53 percent and 59 percent said they were inclined to back her," says a release by the Field Poll.

Two thirds of Democrats questioned say they'd be inclined to vote to re-elect Feinstein, with more than seven in ten Republicans disagreeing, and by a 51 to 39 percent margin, independents say they would likely vote for the senator.

According to the poll, 48 percent say the approve of the job Feinstein's doing as senator, with one in three disapproving and nearly one of out of five unsure. The Field Poll's approval rating numbers for Feinstein are nearly identical to the results of a Public Policy Institute of California survey released earlier this week.

The Field Poll indicates that by a 52 to 27 percent margin independent voters approve of the job Feinstein's doing as senator.

Feinstein started the current election cycle with nearly $4 million cash on hand, giving her a financial leg up on potential challengers. The non-partisan Cook Political Report calls the seat "solid Democrat" and the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report terms it "safe Democrat."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why wouldn't Californians reelect Feinstein? Republicans have proven time and again that they are dope smoking meth heads, who are Koch kissers and Beckerheads, that refuse to pay their fair share for their health care, that they want unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy so they can get a big weekly allowance from their rich parents, want a war with every Arab in the middle east, and will support those who refuse to help fellow Americans.

    March 24, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    If California re-elects Feinstein then they deserve to continue their downward spiral into the 3rd World.

    March 24, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    We need more "sane & competant" people like Sen. Feinstein in Congress.

    March 24, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    When you look at her record, she's done a good job.

    March 24, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. CutTax

    Liberals is evil

    March 24, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. R

    @Wire Palladin, S. F.
    "Republicans have proven time and again that they are dope smoking meth heads..."

    You do know that your generalization of Republicans and childish name calling, makes you no better than a Republican, right?

    Both parties have their good and bad points – the ones that do nothing, and act like children, need to go.

    March 24, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. terry, va

    @ wirepalladin...whoooaaa the name calling continues. I grew up dirt poor and now have as the Mexicans say, have mucho dinero. I am a repub because they represent my social values (most of the time) and because they believe in work instead of hand outs. Sorry we don't agree but you need to get over your hate.

    March 24, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Steal the Wealth

    Of course a plurality of Californians amust be certifiably insane, which could explainswhy they keep electing Democrats and finding themselves deeper and deeper in a financial hole. So their solution was to elect Governor Moonbeam and reelect Boxer, and likely this loser. I do feel sorry for the minority that gets to suffer because of it. Hopefully they get the chance to move out of California and to a state where sanity prevails.

    March 24, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. obama retoric

    we need an earthquake it California to wake up the liberals from their smoke screen sleep so they can see what this crook has really done.

    March 24, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Steal the Wealth

    Anonymous
    When you look at her record, she's done a good job.
    ==========================================

    Her state is bankrupt and the federal government is nearly bankrupt. You have very low standards for a "good job".

    March 24, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. November 2010

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Yep, that about sums it up....Californians are truly insane. But then again, the rest of America already knows that so how is this news???

    March 24, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Sue

    Those polls are still pretty tight, for a liberal Democrat running in a liberal state like California. At this point, anything can happen.

    California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country--and they are almost bankrupt. Yet, the clueless Democrats, including their newly elected Governor--want to raise taxes, instead of cutting the money/benefits going to the illegals, welfare lifers, and unions.

    If there is no change in California, and it continues to get worse, Feinstein could be booted out.

    March 24, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. S. In California - Obama 2012

    @ phoenix86

    If California re-elects Feinstein then they deserve to continue their downward spiral into the 3rd World.

    You're one to talk aren't you?

    March 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Senator Feinstein has already done enough harm to the country as a guaranteed yes vote for Harry Reid and Barack Obama. She brings nothing to the table for us except support for the ineffective Washington Democratic political spending machine. To fully recover our economy and move our country forward we to put politicians like Senator Feinstein out to pasture. We can do better. We had a good start in 2010 and in 2012 we will finish the job.

    March 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Sue

    Of course CNN and other liberal polls/media sources are going to continue to post polls/information saying that everyone loves Obama and the Democrats. If they don't, Obama and the Democrats will not be able to raise money.

    However, we all remember all polls/reports saying that everyone loved Obama and the Democrats before the 2010 elections. Only about three months before the election, did the "real" polls start to come out. And, we all know how that turned out *wink*.

    March 24, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. BlackPanthers2020

    @phoenix86 , you must be one of those people that voted against your own best interest , im sure your not in the upper 1% income bracket . But yet fools like you voted for republicans , and if your paying any attention to current events , republicans are basically destroying our country and our economy ,when will people realize that our country in being over run by right -wing religeous finactic's , and are causing and even greater riff between the haves and the have nots !!!!

    March 24, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Larry Robertson

    PLEASE, I must assume only Morons post here!

    March 24, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Democrats will continue to be elected as long as Boehner and his GOP buddies keep doing what they're doing which amounts to NOTHING. I see no proof of what these Republicans were saying no to, the only thing they've done is complain, and campaign.

    March 24, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. kat

    I really believe Californians must be crazy. If they had any brains they would not keep putting people like Feinstein and Pelosi in. They deserve all the bad things that happen to them.

    March 24, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Veteran

    Wow you can fool the people all the time

    March 24, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Chuckster

    This is solid proof, Californians are RETARDS and will continue to spiral down to 3rd World Levels. In response to that Moron, Wire Palladin S F. Your state is the one full of Democrats who not only smoke DOPE but in some of your cities you grow POT and sell it to keep your pathetic state afloat. I personally believe that if California slid off into the ocean, the majority of scum Lawyers and Politicians at the bottom of the Pacific would raise the bar for integrity in this country!!!! California you are truly LOSERS and get a life you BUMS!!!!!!

    March 24, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |