Field Poll: Calif. gay marriage campaign tightens

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ A new Field Poll finds opponents of the
same-sex marriage ban on Tuesday’s ballot have a 49 percent to 45
percent lead over those who support it.

That’s much closer than in previous surveys of Proposition 8.

Meanwhile,
just 39 percent of likely California voters support Proposition 7,
which would mandate that utilities use more renewable energy. It’s
opposed by 43 percent.

Proposition 2, a measure to give farm animals more space, leads 60 percent to 27 percent.

The Field Poll says a quarter of voters remain undecided about Proposition 11, the redistricting measure.

The
poll is based on a random sample of 966 likely voters conducted Oct.
18-28. It has a sampling error rate of plus or minus 3.3 percentage
points for gay marriage and plus or minus 4.6 percentage points for the
others.

5 California governors oppose drug initiative

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Five California governors came together
Thursday in rare bipartisan opposition to a ballot initiative they fear
would harm public safety by easing punishment for drug offenders.

Proposition
5 would divert tens of thousands of drug offenders annually from
prisons or jails into treatment programs. It expands on a similar
initiative approved by voters in 2000.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
was joined by predecessors Gray Davis, Pete Wilson, Jerry Brown, and
George Deukmejian at Thursday’s event at a Los Angeles County’s
criminal courts building in downtown.

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Poll: Obama has 22-point lead in California

By The Associated Press

THE POLL: The Field Poll on the presidential race among likely votes in California (55 electoral votes).

THE NUMBERS: Barack Obama, 55 percent; John McCain, 33 percent.

Of
INTEREST: If the poll accurately reflects the outcome on Election Day,
it would be the most lopsided presidential election in California since
Democrat Franklin Roosevelt beat Republican Alfred Landon by 35
percentage points in 1936. The results are similar to a Public Policy
Institute of California Poll released last week, which had Obama
leading McCain by 23 points.

THE DETAILS: Conducted Oct. 18-28 by
telephone with 966 likely voters. Margin of sampling error plus or
minus 3.3 percentage points.

MORE: www.field.com/fieldpollonline