Originally created 11/23/05

Poll: Reiner, Beatty are well-known, but not well-liked

SACRAMENTO - Hollywood director Rob Reiner and actor Warren Beatty are well-known to California voters if either decides to run for governor next year, but a poll shows they aren't particularly well-liked.

A Field Poll released Tuesday rates the name recognition and images of announced and possible candidates for seven statewide offices next year.

Reiner and Beatty made the list as potential Democratic nominees to challenge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's re-election bid. While neither has said he intends to run, their opposition to Schwarzenegger during the just-concluded special election generated buzz among Democratic activists.

About two-thirds of the registered voters surveyed said they already had opinions about Reiner and Beatty, but most viewed the two men unfavorably.

In Reiner's case, 41 percent of voters viewed him in an unfavorable light, compared to 25 percent who liked him. About 48 percent of voters viewed Beatty unfavorably, compared to 16 percent who saw him in a positive light.

Beatty also had trouble among fellow Democrats, according to the poll. About 40 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of independents said they don't like him. Only 3 percent of Republican voters said they viewed Beatty favorably.

Reiner was seen positively by 37 percent of Democrats, compared to 24 percent of those who viewed him unfavorably. But only 24 percent of independents and 10 percent of Republican voters said they liked him.

While the numbers aren't necessarily good news for Beatty and Reiner, both had higher name recognition than the two announced Democratic candidates for governor. Just 35 percent of voters said they had an opinion about state Treasurer Phil Angelides, while 29 percent said that about state Controller Steve Westly.

Schwarzenegger, who was elected during the 2003 recall of former Gov. Gray Davis, is by far the best known of the field. The poll found that 92 percent of registered voters had an opinion about him, with 74 percent of fellow Republicans holding a favorable view.

But the governor has lost the bipartisan appeal that made him so popular during his first year in office, according to the poll. Only 38 percent of all registered voters viewed him favorably, while 80 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents view him negatively.

The poll was based on a telephone survey of 774 registered voters from Oct. 25-30 and had a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

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