Kimball Political Consulting: Ugliest Race In America: Instead Of Using Attack Ads- Candidates Physically Attack Each Other

Oct 15, 2012, 12:51 ET from Kimball Political Consulting

BOSTON, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The results are in from the rumble in California's 30th Congressional debate, which occurred on Thursday night between Congressman Howard Berman and Congressman Brad Sherman. Voters give Sherman a slim 6 point lead (32% to 26%) according to a poll conducted by Kimball Political Consulting

The poll found that one in three likely voters have seen the fight, and those voters are more likely to support Berman at nearly a 2:1 advantage (29% to 17%). Voters over 60 and Independents were conversely more likely to support Sherman who was seen as the aggressor during the altercation. Spencer Kimball, the pollster, said "as people are made more aware of the fight between the two Democrat Congressmen from Thursday night, which coincided with Vice Presidential Debate, there will be a hardening of attitudes which the poll results suggest will help Berman."

Overall, 42% of likely voters are undecided on who to vote for suggesting a none-of-the-above attitude amongst voters.  Kimball expects the intensity to increase over the last 3 weeks and said that at least "25% of likely voters say they will not vote for either candidate."

President Obama holds a 20 point lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (57 percent to 37 percent) with 6 percent undecided.

The most important issue facing likely voters in California's 30 district is jobs at 31 percent followed by healthcare (26 percent) and the deficit (23 percent).

The district wide survey of 422 likely voters was conducted October 12 and 13, 2012, using automated telephone interviews. The margin of error is +/-4.7 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence. Methodology, Analysis, Frequencies and full cross-tabulation data are available on the link below.

Available for comment: Spencer Kimball, Political Strategist,, 800-956-8046

SOURCE Kimball Political Consulting