California Senate Race: It’s All About Barbara Boxer

Although her job performance ratings are at an all-time low, Sen. Barbara Boxer has increased her lead over Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in California’s U.S. Senate race, with the three-term incumbent leading the former Hewlett-Packard CEO 47 to 41 percent, according to a Field Poll released today.

Boxer’s support has remained the same since the last Field survey on the race in July, while Fiorina’s backing dipped three percentage points. More voters are undecided, the new poll found, increasing to 12 percent from 9 percent two months ago.

The statewide survey, taken Sept. 14-21, reflected strong anti-incumbent frustration building before the Nov. 2 election: Nearly two-thirds of Fiorina’s supporters say their preference is more of a vote against Boxer than a choice for the former HP executive.

Just 29 percent of Boxer voters say their preference is based on their negative feelings for Fiorina.

The poll also found that 47 percent of likely voters disapprove of Boxer’s job performance, her highest rating in that category in the nearly two decades that Field has measured that sentiment.

“This is all about Boxer,” Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said. He attributed Boxer’s rise in the polls to the fact that “she started campaigning.”

Read more from Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle

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