Survey of 500 Likely Voters
July 20, 2006

Election 2006: California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) 47%
Phil Angelides (D) 41%
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California Governor:
Schwarzenegger Leads by Six
Schwarzenegger 47%, Angelides 41%
Arnold Schwarzenneger

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has a six-point lead over Phil Angelides (D) 47% to 41% in the latest Rasmussen Reports election poll (see crosstabs). The Governor leads by 18-points among men but trails by six among women.

A poll earlier this month showed the race to be a toss-up. Earlier Rasmussen Reports polls of this race have ranged from a toss-up to a 13 point lead for the Governor in April. The current results are comfortably in the middle of that range.

Governor Schwarzenegger earns approval from 55% of the state's voters for the way he has handled his job. That’s up four points from 51% in our previous poll. That includes 23% who Strongly Approve, while 22% Strongly Disapprove.

President Bush doesn’t fare nearly as well. Just 38% of California voters Approve of the way he is performing in office. Sixty-one percent (61%) disapprove of the President, including 48% who Strongly Disapprove.

Angelides has not been able to fully capitalize on that unhappiness with the Republican President. Among those who Strongly Disapprove of Bush, 19% say they will vote for Schwarzenegger. The Governor actually leads among those who Somewhat Disapprove of Bush. Angelides is viewed favorably by 46% of voters and unfavorably by 45%.

Crosstabs are available to Premium Members. For the latest State Election results and issues of the day see our Elections Page and Politics Page.


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The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2006 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a mid-term election. We update the President's Job Approval Ratings daily and are polling every Senate and Governor's race at least once a month in 2006.

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