Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) leads Republican Meg Whitman 46:40 in the California Governor’s race.
Whitman doesn’t receive high marks from Californians. 50% of Californians have an unfavorable opinion of Whitman, including 22% of Republicans. Since winning the primary, Whitman hasn’t won over many Californians, during the primary 44% of voters had an unfavorable opinion of the former EBay executive.
41% of voters have a favorable opinion of Brown, including 63% of Democrats. Brown is gaining strength amongst independents; 47% of independents choose Brown over Whitman. Independents make up 20% of his supporters. Only 31% of independents support Whitman.
Californians aren’t in favor of candidates donating money to their own campaigns, like billionaire Meg Whitman has during this campaign. 52% of voters think there should be some limit on the amount of money a candidate is allowed to give to their own campaign. Californians see no hope for working class candidates. 53% of voters say they don’t think a working class person would be able to conduct a successful state wide campaign today. Voters may resent the millions of dollars Whitman has put into her campaign.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval ratings continue to drop. 71% of Californians disapprove of the Governor’s job, up from 64% in May.
“California voters may be telling Meg Whitman that she can’t buy this election,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 614 California voters from July 23-25. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.95%.