A new poll suggests that Dianne Feinstein losing her ironclad grip on her Senate seat. In short, she’s in trouble, big trouble.
Just 41 percent of likely California voters back the 84-year-old, five-term incumbent in her bid for re-election, six months before the 2018 primary.
The poll was released Wednesday by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.
Senate leader Kevin de León, who received support from 27 percent of voters. Nearly a third of respondents, 32 percent, said they were undecided, leaving de León plenty of room to maneuver in the coming months.
For Feinstein to drop below 50 percent “shows weakness and vulnerability, much more so than in any of her past re-election campaigns,” said Mark DiCamillo, the head of the IGS poll.
The high number of undecided voters and Feinstein’s anemic numbers could be a big motivator for billionaire Tom Steyer and other candidates, said David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State.
“She should be farther ahead,” McCuan said. “Someone outside of politics has to be encouraged to at least test the waters.”