Better to be a Dark Horse?

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

But it looks like state Sen. Joe Dunn still has plenty of first chances left.

Only 12 percent of registered voters surveyed in a new Field Poll (link to .pdf) had any opinion at all about the plaintiff lawyer from Orange County, who’s running for state controller. Only one other candidate — out of 28 known or rumored contenders for seven statewide offices — prompted less of a reaction. (That would be Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, a Democrat and former appointments secretary under ex-Gov. Gray Davis.) That might seem like a handicap compared to the high profile of someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but maybe not. The governor sparked an opinion in nearly all 774 registered voters surveyed last month. But more than half of the time, it was a negative one.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer would have had some catching up to do in the name-recognition department had he stuck with his old plan of challenging Schwarzenegger. But when the voters in the poll considered some of the state treasurer candidates he’s running against now, 48 percent had an opinion of Lockyer (more often favorable than not), compared to just 14 percent for each of two Republican opponents.

Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, who’s running to succeed the termed-out Lockyer as attorney general, made more of an impression than everyone except Schwarzenegger and Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, garnering some kind of reaction from 70 percent of the surveyed voters.

Not even Warren Beatty or director Rob Reiner (aka “Meathead? on the 1970s sitcom “All in the Family?) got that much of a reaction. Just 64 percent and 66 percent had opinions on the somewhat-politically-active stars, whose names have been bandied about as possible challengers for the governor’s mansion.

— Pam Smith



One Response to “Better to be a Dark Horse?”

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