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Toplines - 2010 California Governor - February 15, 2010

California State Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted February 15, 2010
By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

36% Strongly approve
21% Somewhat approve
10% Somewhat disapprove
32% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Arnold Schwarzenegger has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

5% Strongly approve
21% Somewhat approve
36% Somewhat disapprove
37% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

3* 2010 California Governor Race

Meg Whitman (R)

43%

Jerry Brown (D)

43%

Some other candidate

6%

Not sure

8%

Steve Poizner (R)

34%

Jerry Brown (D)

46%

Some other candidate

7%

Not sure

13%

Meg Whitman (R)

43%

Dianne Feinstein (D)

45%

Some other candidate

2%

Not sure

9%

Steve Poizner (R)

36%

Dianne Feinstein (D)

48%

Some other candidate

5%

Not sure

11%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate for the CA Governor Race

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Whitman

19%

37%

17%

11%

16%

Brown

30%

23%

17%

24%

7%

Poizner

5%

33%

26%

11%

25%

Feinstein

30%

23%

11%

31%

5%

5* Does your local state assemblyman deserve to be reelected?

28% Yes

33% No

39% Not sure

6* Generally speaking, would it better for California if most incumbents in the state legislature were reelected this November or if most of them were defeated?

17% Most incumbents in the state legislature were reelected

60% Most incumbents were defeated

23% Not sure


7* Suppose the state of California must decide between filing for bankruptcy, cutting back on services, or raising taxes. Which option would you prefer?

18% Filing for bankruptcy
43% Cutting back on services
26% Raising taxes
12% Not sure

8* California, as the result of a voter proposition passed in 1988, requires automobile insurers to get approval from the state insurance commissioner before they can raise rates. Should health insurance companies be required to get state approval before they raise their rates?

70% Yes
13% No
17% Not sure

9* Which is a bigger problem in California —that voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes or that the politicians are unwilling to control government spending?

16% Voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes
75% Politicians are unwilling to control government spending
9% Not sure


10* Generally speaking, does the state government try to do too much, not enough or does it do about the right amount of what the public wants?

37% Too much
41% Not enough
14% About the right amount
9% Not sure


11* How would you rate the way that Arnold Schwarzenegger is handling California’s Budget Crisis…..excellent, good, fair or poor? (1889-27)

2% Excellent

11% Good

33% Fair

50% Poor

3% Not sure


12* In the current economic climate, how likely is it that you will have to move out of California to a less costly state?

11% Very likely
17% Somewhat likely
28% Not very likely
36% Not at all likely
9% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence