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Big drop in Meg Whitman poll numbers

A new poll has bad news for Meg Whitman.

Whitman, the billionaire Republican candidate for governor, has plunged in polls as rapidly as she once ascended, dropping from a 50-point lead in March to single digits in a poll released Wednesday.

Whitman's rise earlier this year relied largely on a single overwhelming factor — a personal fortune she has tapped for $68 million so far, allowing her to flood the airwaves for months. But her decline stems from a host of factors, according to political analysts and strategists.

Her opponent Steve Poizner's attack on her as being too liberal on illegal immigration lacked traction for weeks, then found footing with the passage of a tough new Arizona law that Whitman opposed.

The business background that was an early advantage for the former EBay chief turned into a liability with publicity about her ties to a controversial Wall Street firm.

Read Cathleen Decker's full story here.

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No surprise Whitman's numbers have dropped. One, Poisner is starting to advertise; and two, her political ads have been airing since last year. Most of us are so tired of seen her face and hearing her complaints about California with no solutions, that we don't want four years of her.

As one other commentator said elsewhere, Meg Whitman's commercials are an annoyance. She is a phony and a liar, as Steve Poizner aptly revealed in their debate a couple of weeks ago. But Poizner is in the same money bag. The two will kill each other off, and Jerry Brown will sail into office.

Meg Whitman is a typical fascist. When she took over Ebay I was making $300-$400 a week, she screwed up everything for the small seller and made it so ebay made money no matter what with no regard to the sellers that had helped them establish their business. On a show about ebay she sat there with her phony sh*t eating grin and talked about how ebay stores your searches and purchases indefinitely, so I guess you can say they keep info on you in case it needs to be used against you in the future. She's the typical corporate wh*re, make money for the corporations and screw the little guy! Ever wonder why someone like her, making millions a year as CEO of ebay would want to take such a drastic pay cut by becoming governor??

Now I make $0 a week on ebay, I forgot to add. It declined as soon as Meg Whitman took over.


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