From: Steve Poizner Campaign [milestones@joinsteve.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 12:45 PM
To: wallaceblog1@sbcglobal.net
Subject: News on Today's Field Poll Results


In Case You Missed It...

News on Today's Field Poll Results

(Excerpted)

Sacramento Bee:

Two-term Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who was the Democratic Party's top vote getter in the 2003 gubernatorial recall won by Arnold Schwarzenegger, holds just a four-point lead for insurance commissioner, 43 percent to 39 percent, over Republican businessman Steve Poizner, a virtual unknown to most voters.

The new poll reflects less support for Bustamante than other Democratic candidates who have held statewide offices. For example, Lockyer enjoys 83 percent support from Democratic voters, compared to just 63 percent for Bustamante.

"Even though he's by far the better-known candidate, the race is very close," said Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. "That displays a certain degree of vulnerability for Cruz Bustamante in his bid for insurance commissioner."

Bustamante, a former Assembly speaker, was assessed a $263,000 fine for violating campaign finance laws during the recall race. He had improperly raised $3.8 million in an old account with the intention of using it for his governor's race.

San Francisco Chronicle:

In the race for insurance commissioner, Democratic Lt. Gov Cruz Bustamante is the established candidate and the race against Republican Steve Poizner could be a vote on Bustamante's record. Bustamante ran for governor in the 2003 recall election but was widely criticized for the way he ran his campaign and for his financial ties to Indian tribes. The poll shows that 43 percent of likely voters actually hold a negative view of him, compared to 38 percent with a positive view.

Just 15 percent of likely voters have an opinion about Poizner...

Contra Costa Times:

Bustamante has a 43-39 lead over Bay Area businessman Steve Poizner in the race for insurance commissioner, despite just 15 percent of voters having an opinion of Poizner.

Bustamante is known, but not particularly popular, with 43 percent giving him an unfavorable rating and 39 percent favorable.

Dan Walters Column:

"...the two moderate Republican hopefuls, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and insurance commissioner nominee Steve Poizner, are running close enough to win. McPherson's incumbency - albeit an appointed incumbency - could carry him to a win while Poizner is wealthy enough to finance his own multi-million-dollar campaign against Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who has a continuing problem with Democratic voters."

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