New polling from PPP shows that one major factor in holding Meg Whitman back: Meg Whitman. Her massive spending – now reaching nearly $120 million – has not overcome voters’ antipathy for her effort to buy the governorship. Jerry Brown continues to wage a competitive race despite being outspent, and Democrats are in a strong position to pick up the country’s biggest state in November.
Meg Whitman has spent millions and millions of dollars on her campaign for Governor of California but most voters still don’t like her. In large part due to her continuing personal unpopularity she trails Jerry Brown 47-42.
Brown’s lead isn’t much a function of his own popularity- a plurality of voters in the state view him in a negative light with 42% seeing him favorably and 45% unfavorably. Republicans (86%) are much more strong in their dislike of Brown than Democrats (69%) are in their favor and independents split against him by a 30/55 margin as well.
Whitman, however, is even more unpopular. Only 35% of voters view her in a positive light with 49% seeing her negatively. That’s a slight improvement from a 30/50 spread when PPP last polled the race in July but shows Californians still haven’t grown particularly found of her.
Full results here