|California Governor: Schwarzenegger Trails|
Survey of 500 Likely Voters
December 8, 2005
December 16, 2005--California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger trails two potential Democratic challengers by single digits in his bid for re-election.
Phil Angelides, the Democratic state treasurer, leads Schwarzenegger 44% to 40%. Steve Westly, the State Controller, leads the Governor 46% to 39%.
Rasmussen Reports will begin polling on the Democratic primary match-up in January.
Schwarzenegger is viewed favorably by 43% of California voters and unfavorably by 55%. For Angelides, the numbers are 37% favorable and 37% unfavorable. Thirty-eight percent (38%) have a favorable opinion of Westly while 32% take the opposite view.
Fifty percent (50%) of California voters favor a proposal to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexican border. Forty-one percent (41%) are opposed.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of California voters say that the situation in Iraq is a more important voting issue than immigration. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree and say that immigration is the more important issue.
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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports December 8, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).