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CA: Poll Shows People Prefer Pot to Pols

Marijuana Vote

And the winner is.... (image: SF Weekly via Photobucket)

In addition to finding very positive numbers for Proposition 19, PPP also recently polled the Senate and Governor contests in California. In both races, the Democrat had a single-digit but statistically significant lead over the Republican challengers. All candidates had less popularity than the measure to legalize and regulate marijuana.

PPP (PDF) (7/23-25)
Jerry Brown D 46
Meg Whitman R 40
Undecided 14

PPP (PDF) (7/23-25)
Barbara Boxer D 49
Carly Fiorina R 40
Undecided 11

These are some of the best numbers in a while for Democrats in the state. A SurveyUSA poll from earlier this month had the Republicans with small leads in the two races, and a Field poll had the Democrats winning by a slimmer margin.

The other good news for Democrats from the poll is that both top Republicans currently have very negative favorability numbers. Fiorina is at 28 percent favorable, with unfavorable at 40 percent. Whitman is at 30 percent favorable, with 50 percent unfavorable. Turning around unfavorable numbers is not an easy task. It looks like Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s incredibly low job approval (approval 19 percent, disapproval 71 percent) could be playing a role in reducing enthusiasm in the state for voting for more Republicans.

This PPP poll of the Senate and Governor races also polled Prop. 19. According to the survey, more Californian voters, 52 percent, have so far decided to support legalizing marijuana than to support either the Democratic or Republican nominees for the top two political races. As the poll stands right now, both former (and possible future) Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Barbara Boxer are less popular than Proposition 19.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at