October 20th, 2010, 9:00 pm · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California gives Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer larger leads than other recent polls, but also continues trends of other major polls.

PPIC shows Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Brown leading Republican Meg Whitman, 44 percent to 36 percent among likely voters. Last month, PPIC had Whitman up by 1 point. RealClearPolitics.com’s aggregation of polls shows Brown taking the lead in most surveys since mid-September, and now holding an average of a 3.8-percentage point lead.

The PPIC poll also shows Democratic incumbent Sen. Boxer leading Republican Carly Fiorina, 43 percent to 38 percent. Last month, PPIC had Boxer up by 7 points. RealClearPolitics.com shows Boxer’s lead shrinking
over the past month, with her now holding an average of a 1-point lead.

The PPIC poll has a 3.5 percent margin of error.

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