Not only is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom trailing state Attorney General Jerry Brown statewide in the Democratic race for governor, he’s pulling up short with the very voters who know him best – San Franciscans.
On the statewide level, a poll taken last week of 600 likely Democratic voters by the Sacramento firm Moore Methods showed Brown in the lead for the 2010 primary, 49 percent to 20 percent.
A second poll by David Binder of 423 likely Democratic voters in San Francisco – where Newsom has enjoyed years of record-high approval ratings – has him trailing even at home.
The Binder poll, taken Aug. 15-18, showed Brown leading Newsom 51 percent to 34 percent among San Franciscans who have either made up their minds or who are “leaning” in one direction. Only 8 percent said they were undecided, with the rest saying they wouldn’t vote for either candidate.
The numbers in the Binder poll also show Brown ahead of Newsom for every age bracket over 30 and in every San Francisco supervisorial district except the Marina, which Newsom represented on the board before being elected mayor in 2003.