SAN FRANCISCO — Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton has a 34-point lead over President Bush in California, according to a new Field Poll.
It is the largest lead in a presidential race in the poll's 45-year history.
The poll released yesterday showed Mr. Clinton ahead 62 percent to 28 percent with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. A similar Field poll conducted in September showed Clinton trailing Mr. Bush 23 percent to 60 percent.
The results were obtained by a random statewide telephone survey of 888 California adults between July 22-27. Of those surveyed, 679 were registered voters - 324 Democrats, 285 Republicans, and 70 others.
Vice President Dan Quayle was rated unfavorably by 69 percent of those surveyed, while only 15 percent rated Clinton's running mate, Albert Gore Jr., as unfavorable. But 26 percent of respondents had no opinion of Mr. Gore and 59 percent rated him as favorable, compared with 5 percent undecided and 26 percent favorable for Mr. Quayle.
By a roughly 4-to-1 margin - 57 percent to 13 percent - voters said they were more rather than less inclined to vote Democratic with Gore on the ticket. However, with Quayle on the ticket, 54 percent say they are less inclined to vote Republican while 14 percent say they are more inclined.