Fiorina Nipping At Boxer’s Heels in Golden State

California voters are giving U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) some of the lowest approval ratings of her career, as the three-term Democrat is in a statistical dead heat against first-time GOP office-seeker Carly Fiorina, according to a new Field Poll released today.

Boxer leads Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, 47 to 44 percent, according to Field’s survey of 1,390 registered voters, 1,005 of whom were considered likely to vote in November. The poll, conducted June 22-July 5, has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points among likely voters. For Boxer’s job performance ratings among registered voters, the margin of error is 2.8 percentage points.

While voters’ responses to a pollster in July may change by the time they vote in November, the new poll shows that whether voters love or hate her, 93 percent hold an opinion about Boxer. ”She is vulnerable,” Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo said. “This is very ominous for her.” One of Boxer’s more vexing problems, analysts say, is that opposition to her is not just about her. She has become an avatar for broader voter frustrations about the struggling economy, President Obama and the growth of the federal government.

Read more from Joe Garofoli and Drew Joseph at the San Francisco Chronicle

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