U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein now holds a 22-point lead over her closest competitor in the Democratic primary, should she run for governor next year, according to the first Capitol Weekly/Probolksy Research poll.
Of course, Feinstein has been pretty skittish about what exactly her plans are.
The poll's breadown:
Sen, Dianne Feinstein: 36 percent
Attorney General Jerry Brown: 14
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: 9
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 9
Lt. Gov. John Garamendi: 4
Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell: 3
Ex-Controller Steve Westly: 1
Unsure: 22 percent
The poll reports a margin of error of 3.7 percent.
On the GOP side, former Rep. Tom Campbell narrowly tops a field of largely unknown candidates with 15 percent support. Next up is former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman, with 14 percent. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who counts the majority of a supermajority of GOP legislators, polls only 4 percent. Another undeclared would-be candidate, Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy, clocked in at 1 percent.
Take those results with a grain of salt, the pollster told Capitol Weekly:
Pollster Adam Probolsky cautioned against reading too much into the results, particularly on the Republican side. Probolsky noted that the survey used identifiers for the candidates that could not be used on an actual ballot. In the survey, Whitman was identified as a former eBay CEO, but she would not be allowed to use the name of the company on the ballot, according to state election rules.
"What we really see in this survey is that the eBay brand trumps the insurance brand," said Probolsky.
The big winner in the GOP primary race was "unsure" -- at a whopping 62 percent.