A new poll by the political blog Daily Kos shows the early gubernatorial match-up between Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as relatively close, with Brown leading Newsom by nine percentage points among 600 likely voters polled.
Brown enjoyed 29 percent of respondents' support while Newsom had 20 percent, the poll found. Brown hasn't yet declared himself a candidate but is widely expected to run.
Among declared Republican candidates, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman drew the support of 24 percent of respondents in a three-way match-up against former U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell, at 19 percent, and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner at 9 percent.
The poll, which was conducted by the firm Research 2000 from Aug. 9 to 12, also found Californians almost evenly split about same-sex marriage, with 47 percent of respondents saying they would vote for an initiative legalizing such marriages and 48 percent saying they would oppose it if a vote was held immediately on the issue.