The California U.S. Senate race’s first post-debate poll shows the candidates in a statistical dead heat, with Republican challenger Carly Fiorina at 48 percent and incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer at 47 percent.
Two percent prefer some other candidate and 3 percent remain undecided in the latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of 750 likely voters, conducted yesterday, Monday, Sept. 6, with a four-percentage-point margin of error.
Rasmussen notes the numbers show a slight shift from two weeks ago, when Boxer lead Fiorina 49 percent to 44 percent. The organization continues to regard the race as a toss-up.
The poll found 74 percent of Fiorina voters are already certain of how they will vote this November, as are 69 percent of those who support Boxer. Fiorina is backed by 91 percent of Republicans, while Boxer draws support from 86 percent of Democrats; Fiorina holds a slight edge among voters not affiliated with either major political party.
Boxer’s favorability is at 48 percent (of which 20 percent sees her very favorably) while 50 percent see her unfavorably (of which 41 percent see her very unfavorably); Fiorina’s favorability is at 55 percent (of which 17 percent see her very favorably) while 37 percent see her unfavorably (of which 25 percent see her very unfavorably).
Californians are sour on the economy – not good news for Boxer, the incumbent seeking a fourth term – as 62 percent describe it as poor, a slightly more negative assessment than results found nationally; 23 percent say the economy is improving, 40 percent say things are getting worse.