Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #16804
 
CA: GOP Whitman Narrowly Atop Brown For Governor; Fiorina & Boxer In Tight Fight for US Senate.

In an election for Governor of California today, 07/12/10, Republican Meg Whitman edges Democrat Jerry Brown 46% to 39%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno. Brown, currently California's Attorney General, leads 2:1 in the Bay Area, trails in the rest of the state. Whitman, former CEO of eBay, leads among men and affluent voters. The Republican holds 77% of Republican voters. The Democrat holds 64% of Democrats. Independents break 5:4 Republican. Question 1 and 2 on this report show the identical data. Question 1 collapses 9 minor party candidates and "undecided" voters into a single "other / undecided" category. Respondents were asked the "who will you vote for" for Governor question once.

In the race for United States Senate, Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina are effectively even. Fiorina 47%, Boxer 45%, within the survey's theoretical margin of sampling error. Twice as many Democrats cross-over to vote Republican as Republicans who cross-over to vote Democrat. The Republican has an ever-so-slight advantage in Greater Los Angeles and in the Central Valley. The Republican carries the Inland Empire 2:1. The Democrat carries the Bay Area 2:1. Question 3 and 4 on this report show the identical data. Question 3 collapses 6 minor party candidates and "undecided" voters into a single "other / undecided" category. Respondents were asked the "who will you vote for" for US Senate question once.

Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana, and allow marijuana to be regulated and taxed in California, is supported narrowly today. Ballot measures are difficult to poll; opposition to many ballot measures increases as election day approaches. Voter reaction to Proposition 19 can be expected to shift as both sides begin to advertise the pros and cons of passage. Today: The youngest voters support. The oldest voters oppose. Democrats and Independents support. Republicans oppose.

 
Filtering: 1,000 California adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA 07/08/10 through 07/11/10. Of them, 840 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 614 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 11/02/10 general election, 4 months from now.
 
[Candidate names rotated]
If the election for California Governor were today, who would you vote for? Republican Meg Whitman? Democrat Jerry Brown? Or another candidate?
614 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Whitman (R)46%50%41%36%49%46%48%45%47%49%36%38%43%77%20%47%74%44%10%13%82%31%70%26%37%44%47%65%34%62%34%32%49%50%51%46%61%29%
Brown (D)39%37%42%42%33%44%41%36%43%36%49%46%41%11%64%37%12%43%72%69%7%49%18%58%47%38%41%21%50%24%51%41%37%40%37%38%24%57%
Other / Undecided15%13%17%22%18%10%11%19%10%14%15%16%16%12%16%16%13%13%19%17%11%20%13%16%16%17%12%13%16%14%15%26%14%10%12%17%16%14%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%49%51%19%32%27%22%51%49%63%6%18%12%33%42%24%30%44%19%41%43%14%39%37%24%59%41%37%57%38%57%22%33%45%22%37%17%24%
 
 
2Same Governor data as Question #1, but with 9 minor party candidates shown. [Respondents were asked the question once; results are collapsed in Question 1 for ease of comprehension.]
614 Likely Voters in Governor Race Who Vote For Another CandidateAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Whitman (R)46%50%41%36%49%46%48%45%47%49%36%38%43%77%20%47%74%44%10%13%82%31%70%26%37%44%47%65%34%62%34%32%49%50%51%46%61%29%
Brown (D)39%37%42%42%33%44%41%36%43%36%49%46%41%11%64%37%12%43%72%69%7%49%18%58%47%38%41%21%50%24%51%41%37%40%37%38%24%57%
Nightingale (AIP)2%1%3%3%3%0%2%3%1%2%0%1%4%2%2%2%3%0%3%2%2%1%2%2%1%2%1%2%2%1%2%2%3%1%2%1%6%1%
Wells (G)2%3%1%5%2%1%0%3%1%2%2%2%0%2%2%1%2%1%5%2%1%4%2%2%1%3%0%0%3%3%2%5%1%1%0%2%3%2%
Ogden (L)1%2%1%0%2%2%1%1%1%1%2%1%1%1%1%3%2%1%1%1%1%2%2%1%1%1%1%1%1%2%1%2%1%1%1%2%1%1%
Alvarez (PFP)1%1%1%2%0%0%1%1%0%0%0%3%0%0%0%2%1%0%2%1%0%1%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%1%3%0%0%0%1%1%0%
Folley (I)1%0%2%1%2%1%1%2%1%1%0%0%2%1%1%2%2%0%0%0%2%1%1%1%1%1%1%2%0%1%1%1%2%1%2%0%1%1%
Christian (I)0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%1%0%
Marciano (I)0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%
Vangelisti (I)0%-------------------------------------
Von Anhalt (I)0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
Undecided8%6%10%10%9%5%7%9%6%7%10%8%8%6%10%5%4%9%8%10%4%11%4%9%11%8%7%7%8%5%8%13%7%5%7%10%2%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters in Governor Race Who Vote For Another Candidate100%49%51%19%32%27%22%51%49%63%6%18%12%33%42%24%30%44%19%41%43%14%39%37%24%59%41%37%57%38%57%22%33%45%22%37%17%24%
 
 
[Candidate names rotated]
California will also elect a United States Senator. If the election for United States Senator from California were today, who would you vote for? Republican Carly Fiorina? Democrat Barbara Boxer? Or another candidate?
614 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Fiorina (R)47%53%41%37%50%45%51%46%48%51%33%39%39%83%18%49%86%40%9%8%88%35%78%21%35%46%47%71%32%62%36%34%49%51%49%48%62%31%
Boxer (D)45%41%49%56%41%47%40%46%44%42%60%52%45%9%76%40%8%52%86%86%5%49%16%71%53%46%44%22%59%30%56%57%43%41%42%43%32%60%
Other / Undecided8%6%10%7%9%8%9%8%9%7%7%9%16%8%6%11%6%8%5%6%7%17%6%8%12%8%9%7%9%8%8%9%8%9%9%9%6%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%49%51%19%32%27%22%51%49%63%6%18%12%33%42%24%30%44%19%41%43%14%39%37%24%59%41%37%57%38%57%22%33%45%22%37%17%24%
 
 
4Same Senate data as Question #3, but with 6 minor party candidates shown. [Respondents were asked the question once; results are collapsed in Question 3 for ease of comprehension.]
614 Likely Voters in Senate Race Who Vote For Another CandidateAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Fiorina (R)47%53%41%37%50%45%51%46%48%51%33%39%39%83%18%49%86%40%9%8%88%35%78%21%35%46%47%71%32%62%36%34%49%51%49%48%62%31%
Boxer (D)45%41%49%56%41%47%40%46%44%42%60%52%45%9%76%40%8%52%86%86%5%49%16%71%53%46%44%22%59%30%56%57%43%41%42%43%32%60%
Noonan (AIP)1%1%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%0%0%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%0%1%2%1%1%0%0%2%1%1%0%1%1%1%0%1%0%1%1%
Roberts (G)0%0%0%1%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%1%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%1%0%0%0%1%0%
Lightfoot (L)1%1%1%1%2%1%0%2%0%1%0%1%2%0%1%3%1%1%1%1%1%2%2%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%1%0%1%2%0%2%0%2%
Feinland (PFP)0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
Carroll (I)0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%1%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
Goldberg (I)1%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%1%1%0%1%1%1%0%1%1%0%0%1%1%2%0%1%2%1%1%0%1%1%1%3%1%0%2%1%1%0%
Undecided5%3%6%4%5%4%5%5%5%4%6%5%10%4%4%5%3%5%1%4%4%10%2%4%9%5%4%4%5%4%4%4%4%6%6%5%2%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters in Senate Race Who Vote For Another Candidate100%49%51%19%32%27%22%51%49%63%6%18%12%33%42%24%30%44%19%41%43%14%39%37%24%59%41%37%57%38%57%22%33%45%22%37%17%24%
 
 
California voters may also vote on several propositions. On Proposition 19, which would change California law to legalize marijuana and allow it to be regulated and taxed, are you ... Certain to vote yes? Certain to vote no? Or not certain? {"Not Certain" voters were asked: At this hour, on Proposition 19, do you ... lean toward yes? lean toward no, or do you not lean?}
614 Likely VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Certain Yes50%53%47%70%46%49%37%55%44%50%52%46%53%37%56%57%33%53%69%66%35%47%43%60%45%54%44%34%61%49%52%54%46%53%42%54%46%53%
Certain No40%39%40%22%43%39%50%35%44%40%24%43%38%53%32%34%59%35%22%20%58%41%50%29%39%36%45%58%27%44%37%40%43%36%46%35%45%37%
Not Certain11%8%13%8%11%12%12%10%12%10%24%11%9%11%12%9%8%12%9%13%8%12%7%12%16%10%11%8%12%7%11%6%11%11%12%11%9%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Likely Voters100%49%51%19%32%27%22%51%49%63%6%18%12%33%42%24%30%44%19%41%43%14%39%37%24%59%41%37%57%38%57%22%33%45%22%37%17%24%
 
 
6Is your opinion of President Barack Obama ... Favorable? Unfavorable? Neutral? Or, do you have no opinion?
840 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Favorable40%36%44%47%33%42%40%39%41%36%63%42%43%12%62%41%12%47%66%100%0%0%15%60%45%44%36%22%51%28%48%46%38%40%33%42%33%49%
Unfavorable38%45%32%28%41%40%46%35%42%46%24%23%36%71%12%46%78%28%13%0%100%0%67%19%29%38%39%60%27%53%28%30%41%43%43%36%51%29%
Neutral19%17%21%20%24%17%12%22%15%16%11%31%19%15%23%13%8%23%19%0%0%100%16%19%23%15%23%16%20%17%21%23%19%16%19%21%14%20%
No Opinion2%2%3%5%2%1%2%3%1%2%2%4%2%3%2%1%2%2%2%0%0%0%2%2%3%2%2%1%2%1%3%2%3%1%4%2%2%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%24%32%25%19%56%44%59%7%22%13%31%43%23%27%45%20%40%38%19%35%37%29%53%47%36%58%36%58%26%34%40%21%40%17%22%
 
 
7Is your opinion of the Tea Party Movement ...
840 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Favorable31%38%24%25%32%32%34%29%32%35%25%22%26%54%14%34%67%20%10%10%62%11%58%14%19%31%30%52%18%45%21%28%33%31%39%28%38%22%
Unfavorable37%39%36%35%36%43%37%35%40%37%46%33%41%17%52%38%12%44%61%66%12%31%20%57%33%44%30%20%50%31%42%34%35%42%33%38%26%50%
Neutral22%18%26%25%22%20%21%23%20%19%20%30%25%22%22%22%13%27%21%14%21%39%16%22%30%18%27%20%22%17%25%25%20%22%18%22%29%21%
No Opinion10%5%14%16%10%6%8%12%7%9%9%14%7%7%12%6%8%10%8%10%5%19%6%7%18%7%12%9%10%7%12%12%12%5%10%13%7%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%24%32%25%19%56%44%59%7%22%13%31%43%23%27%45%20%40%38%19%35%37%29%53%47%36%58%36%58%26%34%40%21%40%17%22%
 
 
8Is California headed in the right direction? Or is it off on the wrong track?
840 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Right Direction11%9%13%11%9%9%16%10%12%8%19%14%13%10%16%4%10%10%14%19%4%6%9%11%13%10%12%9%11%7%13%14%11%9%8%10%14%12%
Wrong Track77%80%74%75%82%78%70%79%74%81%66%74%68%82%68%85%83%80%68%62%92%80%85%74%70%79%75%81%75%84%73%65%79%81%83%77%77%70%
Not Sure12%11%14%14%9%13%15%11%14%11%15%12%19%8%16%11%7%11%18%19%4%14%6%15%17%11%13%9%14%9%14%20%10%10%9%12%9%18%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%24%32%25%19%56%44%59%7%22%13%31%43%23%27%45%20%40%38%19%35%37%29%53%47%36%58%36%58%26%34%40%21%40%17%22%
 
 
9Do you support? ... Or do you oppose? ... drilling for oil and natural gas ... off the Coast of California? Or do you not know enough to say?
840 Registered VotersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyObama ApprovalDrill For OilCollege GradAbortionOwn a Gun?IncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalFavorablUnfavoraNeutralSupportOpposeDo Not KYesNoPro-lifePro-choiYesNo< $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Support35%45%25%29%36%34%40%33%37%38%27%31%28%54%20%35%65%26%17%13%60%30%100%0%0%35%34%49%27%51%25%27%35%39%40%31%45%27%
Oppose37%34%40%41%33%41%34%36%38%39%30%35%32%21%48%40%15%42%56%55%18%36%0%100%0%41%33%27%44%30%43%37%37%38%32%36%34%46%
Do Not Know29%21%36%31%31%25%26%31%25%22%43%34%40%25%32%25%21%33%27%32%21%34%0%0%100%24%34%24%29%20%32%36%28%23%27%33%21%27%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Registered Voters100%48%52%24%32%25%19%56%44%59%7%22%13%31%43%23%27%45%20%40%38%19%35%37%29%53%47%36%58%36%58%26%34%40%21%40%17%22%