The California governor’s race between Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman remains a nail-biter.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of 750 likely voters Aug. 3 found Brown with 43 percent support and Whitman, 41 percent. Six percent prefer another candidate, and 10 percent are undecided.
For both candidates, this reflects a drop in support over the past month. In July, Whitman was at 47 percent and Brown, at 46 percent. The two candidates have been neck-and-neck since September 2009. Brown bounced briefly ahead immediately following the state Democratic Convention in April. But the race tightened again in June after Whitman's Republican primary win.
Sixty percent of California voters regard Brown as a liberal, while 59 percent think Whitman is a conservative.
Just over 40 percent think Brown’s views are in the mainstream, but 39 percent say they are extreme.
Almost 45 percent regard Whitman’s views as mainstream, while 33 percent consider her extreme.
Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, has 79 percent of the Republican vote, while 72 percent of Democrats support Brown. Voters not affiliated with either major party give the edge to the Democrat.
Brown, a longtime political figure in California and former governor, is viewed very favorably by 24 percent and very unfavorably by 37 percent.
Almost 20 percent have a very favorable opinion of Whitman, while 28 percent regard her very unfavorably.
Both candidates are well-known in the state, but at this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with strong opinions more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.
The U.S. Senate race in California between Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina also remains close.
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