A new survey of the California gubernatorial race by Public Policy Polling (D) gives Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown huge leads over the two Republican candidates in the race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Brown, who previously served as governor from 1975-1983 and ran for president three times, leads former eBay CEO Meg Whitman by 48%-36%, and leads state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner by 48%-32%. The survey of registered voters has a ±3.2%. The TPM Poll Average gives Brown a lead over Whitman of 44.5%-40.3%, and lead over Poizner of 47.0%-34.0%.
Interestingly, Brown’s favorable rating is only 37%, with a slightly higher unfavorable rating of 39%. However, Whitman is even worse at 24%-44%, and Poizner is even lower at 19%-43%. “Jerry Brown looks to be in good shape to return to the governorship 27 years after he left it,” writes PPP president Dean Debnam.