Dead Heat: Brown, Whitman Nearly Equal in Latest Poll

Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010  |  Updated 9:52 AM PDT
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Dead Heat in Race to Calif. Governor's Seat

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A new poll shows the two major candidates for California governor in a tie, even as voters have grown more disenchanted with both.

The Field Poll released Wednesday shows 44 percent of likely voters support Democrat Jerry Brown while 43 percent support Republican Meg Whitman, with 13 percent undecided. It also shows that 40 percent have an unfavorable impression of Brown, up from 32 percent in January.

Meanwhile, 42 percent have an unfavorable impression of Whitman after she survived a bruising GOP primary. That's up from 20 percent at the start of the year, when many voters had not formed an opinion of the former eBay CEO.

The poll surveyed 1,005 likely voters from June 22 to July 5 and has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

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