Wilson poll shows strong name recognition

A poll commissioned by San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson shows him with a commanding lead in name recognition over his Republican challengers in the Assembly District 15 race.

Assembly District 15, held today by soon-to-be-termed-out Guy Houston of San Ramon, encompasses portions of the San Ramon Valley along with the San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. Click here to see a map of the district.

The survey of 300 registered voters in the district in mid-July found that 21 percent of those questioned have a positive view of Wilson. In a distant second place is Livermore optometrist Scott Kamena with 8 percent. Party activist and businesswoman Judy Biviano Lloyd and retired entrepreneur Robert Rao tied for third at 2 percent.

Probolsky Research of Laguna Hills conducted the telephone survey, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.8 percent.

Keep in mind, this was the only question for which the Wilson campaign released the results; don’t expect them to show anything other than favorable numbers. And voters probably haven’t given this race much thought yet; the election isn’t until June, for goodness sake.

But there’s no question that Wilson, as an elected mayor, goes into this race with a significant advantage when it comes to name recognition in the San Ramon Valley.

On the other hand, Wilson’s opponents have the lead in the money race.

Lloyd and Kamena have gotten the jump on Wilson in fundraising, largely because the mayor was focused on his re-election to the city post. (The filing deadline has now passed the Wilson is unopposed for the November 2007 election.)

And Rao has vowed to write as many personal checks as necessary to get his name out before voters.

The fifth declared Republican, Joe Rubay, only recently entered the race and was apparently not included in the poll.

Click here to download the poll.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen