For the first time since state Treasurer Kathleen Brown entered the race for governor, a statewide public opinion poll shows that she would lose to Gov. Wilson if the election were held today.
The poll of 801 regular voters, conducted for the San Francisco Examiner by Political/Media Research Inc. of Washington, D.C., found Republican Wilson leading Democrat Brown by 47 percent to 39 percent, with 14 percent undecided."We're very encouraged by the poll," said Wilson campaign spokesman Dan Schnur.
A year ago, when she made it clear she intended to run for governor, Brown had a 23-point lead over Wilson, according to one statewide poll. Since then, her lead has declined steadily.
In September, an Examiner poll found Brown with a 14-point lead over Wilson. By January, Brown's lead had shrunk to six points.
"I have never been bungee jumping, but I guess that's what it feels like for her," Schnur said.
Brown continues to maintain a substantial lead over her Democratic opponents in Tuesday's primary election. She was the favored candidate of 39 percent of the Democratic voters surveyed.
The poll showed Wilson with a commanding lead over challenger Ron Unz.
The telephone survey was conducted May 26-29. It was based on a sampling of registered voters who said they regularly participate in statewide elections. The overall survey had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.