Ouch! The newest governor’s poll doesn’t look good for our mayor.
Only days after former President Bill Clinton publicly endorsed Mayor Gavin Newsom for governor, Field Research Corp. released results Thursday showing he is down 20 points to primary foe Attorney General Jerry Brown -- a deficit that has doubled since March.
Brown has not yet declared he's in the running for governor, but he launched an exploratory committee for the state's top job last week. The widely publicized launch occurred only days before Clinton attended his first Newsom fundraiser.
The voter survey has Newsom trailing Brown 27 percent to 47 percent. Male voters overwhelmingly favored Brown versus Newsom, by 56 percent to 22 percent. Brown was favored by female voters by a much smaller gap.
As expected, younger voters between ages 18 and 39 voted in favor of Newsom. The older favored Brown -- namely those in the 65-and-over range.
Newsom continues to say it’s too early in the game to pay attention to polls. They're only about name recognition, he adds. Things will change once the campaigning heats up, he says.
On the Republican side, former eBay head Meg Whitman led by slim margins over former South Bay Congressman Tom Campbell, 22 percent to 20 percent, with state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner at 9 percent.
The poll, a random sample survey of 1,005 registered voters, was conducted between Sept. 18 and Oct. 5.