Republican Meg Whitman’s campaign says the results are in from her innovative Facebook “polling ads,” which asked Californians to choose the issue most important to them. The message came back loud and clear: Jobs.
The Whitman campaign said its poll, which ran from July 27 to July 31, drew 20,000 Facebook respondents — with 42 percent of them saying that jobs were their number one priority in the 2010 governor’s race. Not surprising at all in a state with double-digit unemployment.
Another 32 percent voted for fixing education in California, with 26 percent saying that cutting state spending was most critical. Whitman, who has said that putting Californians back to work is the number one goal of her campaign, released the poll results in a Facebook video.
Whitman’s campaign says she is the first to use polling ads on Facebook, which engage users more than traditional TV or Internet spots and target those often elusive younger voters.
And while Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown slug it out in their race for governor in 2010, the blogosphere has been abuzz with rumors that at least one potential candidate, Representative Loretta Sanchez, is already thinking about 2014.