October 28th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Brown up 10 over Whitman in California

(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Democrat Jerry Brown has a 10-point lead over Republican Meg Whitman in California's gubernatorial battle.

According to a Field Poll released Thursday, 49 percent of likely voters in the Golden State say that they are supporting Brown with 39 percent backing Whitman and 12 percent undecided or backing another candidate.

The Field Poll's Thursday release comes just hours after a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicated that Brown has a 51 to 44 percent lead over Whitman. Brown's seven point advantage is at the edge of the poll's sampling error.

Brown, the state's attorney general, served two terms as California governor in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Whitman, the former eBay CEO and a billionaire, has contributed more than $120 million of her own money on her bid for governor.

The Field Poll indicates Brown is shoring up his support among female voters, independents and Latinos. The CNN/Time survey had similar findings.

The winner in November succeeds term-limited moderate Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Field Poll was conducted October 14-26, with 1,501 registered voters in California, including 1,092 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for likely voters is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted October 20-26, with 1,527 adults in California questioned by telephone, including 1,329 registered voters and 888 likely voters. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for likely voters.

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Filed under: 2010 • California • Jerry Brown • Meg Whitman • Polls
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. southern cousin

    Way to go SEIU, looks like it could be another election successfully corrupted. You got the dopers to join hands with the thugs and welfare frauds on this one didn't you.

    October 28, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Dean

    Two more useless and inaccurate polls.

    October 28, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Frankly, when someone pours 147 million dollars of their personal wealth into an election, it is a real turn-off to most of us. She certainly "is not me" and I'd have a hard time voting for her. Her not agreeing to cut the negative attack ads only seals her lack of appeal to a lot of us.

    October 28, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Cosmo

    Come on, this is America. There must be some way that this multimillionaire political novice can buy up enough votes to win.

    October 28, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Sam

    It's a sad day for California if Jerry Brown wins. Brown is a career politician who's made a living off the public dime his entire life. Brown has no plans for California except to protect unions. Only Whitman can turn California around. Unfortunately, she has the misfortune of running as a Republican, of which California already has one currently and don't like very much. Any other year she'd win. Very disappointed in California.

    October 28, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Joey

    The republicans are in for a rude awakening. They will probably lose more seats than they win.

    October 28, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Msun1

    Good. Whitman can cry cry cry over her 150 Million little mistakes.

    October 28, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Anonymous

    They say it starts in California. Maybe we can show the nation that change for the sake of change is not good. that ultra negative campaigns and a personal fortune cannot buy an election.
    Everytime this country gets riled up, we vote for all the wrong things. don;t make that mistake on Tuesday. Look at the candidates and THEIR records, not the guys on FOX or CNN's view of them, but the record of what htye have done or not done.

    October 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. thomas

    Tucker Bounds Meg Whitman's campaign manager ,Tucker the Immature Carl Rove wantabe. Meg you cant buy my vote , you are not a Queen !
    Bounds wasted your money , imagine him running your company , and not your campaign ? Not to mention our great state !
    GO JERRY !

    October 28, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just because you were a CEO doesn't mean that you will be a good governor. There are some question about her past that people have. I am sure that some of them relate to the illegal immigrant that was on her payroll and the lack of voting that she has done in the past few decades. These may seem minor, but they go to character.

    October 28, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. The Unsub

    meg was doomed from the start. when she said that she would cut 40,000 state emplyee positions, she kissed her election goodbye. just vote!!!

    October 28, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. SuperD

    This is pathetic. If there is one State that needs to reject the Progressive Democrats, it's California. They just can't seem to help themselves, they're broke, but they keep electing tax and spend and regulate and anti business Democrats.


    October 28, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Chuck Anaheim

    Good! We don't need a facsist like whitman being in control of anything except cleaning urinals at the corner pub. She would probably find a way to outsource that too.

    October 28, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Dennis

    California deserves Governor "moonbeam" . Many of the state's current fiscal problems started when he was governor the first time.

    October 28, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Bob in PA

    Does anyone remember why California is in such a financial mess these days ?
    Jerry Brown is just more of the problem.

    October 28, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |