Poll: California Voters Favor Obama By Wide Margin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new Field Poll shows likely voters in California overwhelmingly favor President Barack Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

The survey, released Wednesday, says 58 percent prefer Obama, compared to 34 percent for Romney. The 24-point spread is the same margin by which Obama, a Democrat, beat Republican John McCain in California in 2008.

The poll surveyed 891 likely voters by telephone Sept. 6-17, after the parties’ nominating conventions. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Field conducted the survey with The Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

It found 61 percent of likely voters have a favorable impression of Obama, his highest rating since October 2008, while 39 percent have a favorable impression of Romney, who owns a home in San Diego.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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