Jerry Brown+Neel Kashkari

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
June 25, 2014

Democrat Jerry Brown has little to fear from his GOP challenger, Neel Kashkari, according to the latest Field Poll that finds the governor leading by 20 points – 52-32% — including 13% among Republicans.

Gov. Gandalf’s favorable-to-unfavorable rating of 54-31% and his job performance evaluation of 54-29% — are even more daunting, leaving Tyrion of Kashkari sucking wind with a fav/unfav of 28-16% and 56% of likely voters asking “Who?”

Brown’s job rating puts him just a notch above President Obama in California, where his approval/disapproval is 50-39%.

Even Men Like Jerry The problem for Kashkari is not just that nearly six in 10 voters have no idea who he is, it’s that Brown is popular across the board. He’s the choice of Democrats by 82-7%, of independents 49-25% and of Republicans 13-71%. Brown is not only ahead among women 54-31% but he leads among men (who aren’t traditionally sympathetic to Democrats) by 49-34%.

Kashkari’s lead among likely voters who say they’re strong conservatives is just 75-10% and among those who say they’re moderate conservatives, Tyrion’s lead is just 42-40%. In other words, one in 10 strong conservatives and more than four in 10 moderate conservatives prefer Gov. Gandalf over The Imp.

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