Reuters-Ipsos poll: Democrats hold slim leads in California races
Senator Barbara Boxer leads Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in the Senate race 49-45 percent among likely voters, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted Oct. 2-4.
That 4-point difference is smaller than the 4.7 percentage point margin of error which shows how close the race is between the three-term senator and the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Ipsos pollsters say it is unlikely, with the higher margin of error and all, that the findings were reverse. Boxer has consistently had a lead over Fiorina in public opinion polls.
Democrat Jerry Brown has a 7-point lead over Republican Meg Whitman in the race for governor, 50-43 percent, among likely voters.
The majority of registered voters, 88 percent, had heard the allegations that Whitman hired an undocumented housekeeper, but 72 percent said that information made no difference in how they plan to vote.
The Democratic candidates in both races are benefitting from Democrats’ large advantage among registered voters in California, Ipsos pollsters said.
Enthusiasm about the election improved among both Democrats and Republicans since June, with 75 percent of Democrats now saying they are certain to vote vs. 60 percent in June, and Republicans now 83 percent vs. 73 percent in June.
Other poll findings:
Proposition 19 — 53 percent of California voters oppose legalization of marijuana, while 43 percent are in favor.
Proposition 23 — 49 percent of California voters oppose suspending the state’s climate change laws, while 37 percent are in favor, and 14 percent are undecided.
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