Poll: Romney maintains top spot in California
September 15th, 2011
03:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Romney maintains top spot in California

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is still the favorite 2012 GOP presidential candidate among California Republicans, although his popularity has dropped, according to a new survey.

The Field Poll released Thursday showed the former Massachusetts governor leading Texas Gov. Rick Perry 28 percent to 20 percent, with no other Republican candidate cracking 8 percent.

In the same poll taken three months ago, Romney was the preferred candidate by 30 percent of Golden State Republicans. At that time he held an 18 percentage point lead over the other candidates and Perry, who had yet to formally announce his candidacy, came in at six percent. Since then, Perry officially entered the race and tripled his popularity.

However, when pitted against President Barack Obama in general election match-ups, the president lead both candidates by double digit margins; Romney by 13 percentage points and Perry by 19 percentage points among registered voters.

The new figures followed a Field Poll released Wednesday that showed the president's approval rating below 50 percent in the typically blue state he carried with 60 percent of the vote in 2008, for the first time since he assumed office.

California has voted for a Democratic president in the last five elections. George H.W. Bush was the last Republican presidential candidate to win the state in 1988 with 51 percent of the vote.

The survey questioned 1,001 registered voters between Sept. 1 and Sept. 12 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Maybe with (R)s but certainly not with anyone else. Professional white males HATE this guy. I know this for a fact. I work around many of them and all you have to do is say his name and they go off. I made the mistake ONCE in 2008 of saying – I hated his policies but he was nice to look considering the other (R) candidates – before I could finish they ALL went off the deep end about how they hate him. I'm not exactly sure if they dislike him as a person or if it's his policies but one thing is for sure THEY DON'T LIKE HIM. Period. Romney better enjoy the polls because they are NOT representative of the way MOST of us feel. I hope his party (who knows which party he represents today) sends this jerk packing.

    September 15, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. thomas

    Mitt says he would like a VP such as Dick Cheney ? And none of MItt's five sons did any military service , what a hawk !

    As for Perry , Californians like bad actors , not corporate cowboys !

    September 15, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. unsub

    perry is unelectable!

    September 15, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Cali Cutie

    Mitt Romney is a babe! : )

    September 15, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Ed Texas

    That's not surprising. Romney should be able to handle California. The hicky Texan Hee Haw of Rick Perry is a BIG TURNOFF outside the Backwards South. Perry is a career politician snake and total flip flopper. Also, a big turnoff for progressive California votes is his religious viewpionts nas the basis for all legislation. Or as some would call it, christian sharia law.

    September 15, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Buying a $12 million home in California is starting to wear off in support for the man of many Mittens. I cannot wait to see him flip flop out of this one. Does 28% support for Mittens mean a 72% rejection by Californians?

    September 15, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens told Arizonans that Romenycare in Massachusetts was far more costly per person than Obama's plan. (Obama cares)

    September 15, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |

    Who cares? The teabaggers have a plan for Romney to repeat 2008.

    September 15, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |

    As America ponders how to fix the broken country,.. voters need to pause and ask themselves who broke it and how did it get broken?.. it certainly wasn't Obama,.. look back to the previous 8 years,.. wars, lies,..deregulation by the Bush/Cheney administration,.. that's where the decay flourished. Stop listening to the lies, spin and propaganda from the far right,.. you'll only make the same mistake again if you elect a Republican.

    September 15, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. Mr. Mitt Romney. The man who SHOULD be leading ... yet never quite seems to know where he is, or what he's doing. Truth be told, Romney isn't exactly exuding confidence. Quite the contrary. Especially considering who he is up against in his own party. If the man can't compete with Bachmann or Perry, how he expects to compete with global leaders such as Putin, Hu Jintao, or Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is beyond comprehension.

    September 15, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. mrtimprice

    This is not surprising. The Mormons have a huge influence in this state. It was their money that has pushed many different propositions and bills. Including proposition 8.

    September 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. J.Johnson

    Poor Mitt. I say it before, he's the GOP version of Scar from "Lion King". For a GOP, being in lead in California is like a Democratic contender in lead in Georgia. GOP seldom carries California, and those Georgia Bubbas still use words like "uppity" when describing our current president. Romney, even if offered the VP spot, it will be grudgingly. The man is from Massachusetts. And everyone in the Tea Party knows the only good thing ever to come out of Massachusetts is President Ben Franklin!

    September 15, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Both Romney and Perry are great and can do what is needed now. But Mitt Romney has shown a stronger breadth of capability and experience and as far as I have seen so far I would prefer him as President. Watching Mitt Romney for many years, I have great confidence in his ability to quickly handle pretty much any situation.

    September 15, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |