According to the latest Field Poll (pdf) that asked about who respondents would vote for were the November election held today, even California’s unaffiliated voters prefer Barack Obama to Mitt Romney.
The poll was conducted over the telephone from June 21 to July 2. Questions were asked of 997 registered voters, 848 of whom said that they were likely to vote in November. The sample was weighted to reflect the Field Poll’s understanding of the overall registered voter population in California. The maximum sampling error is 3.1%.
The President’s favorable/unfavorable rating among the poll respondents was 58%/39% while the former governor of Massachusetts musters only 36%/55% — almost an exact mirror image.
Who you prefer to vote for is sharply divided along party lines. If you’re a registered Democrat, you’re more than nine times more likely than not to prefer Obama. If you’re a registered Republican, you’re nine times more likely than not to prefer Romney.
The state’s unaffiliated registered voters, who form a swing bloc that politicians keep close tabs on, currently favor Obama over Romney, 60% to 30%.
Catholic voters surprise. Even after huge negative reaction from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the federal regulation coercing employers to provide contraceptives and abortifacients that represents an unprecedented restriction on religious liberty, California Catholics prefer Obama over Romney 56% to 33%. The bishops have some ’splainin’ to do.
Finally, Democrats maintain their strongholds in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In Los Angeles County, voters prefer Obama to Romney by 65% to 29% while in the San Francisco area the numbers are even higher, 73% to 21%.
The rest of the state just eats their dust.