Sen. Barbara Boxer is four points ahead of GOP candidate Carly Fiorina, 48 percent to 44 percent, in a Fox News poll released today.
The candidates are about equal in unfavorable ratings (Boxer is at 52 percent, Fiorina at 51 percent), but Boxer has higher favorable ratings (43 percent) than Fiorina (37 percent). Half of voters disapprove of Boxer’s performance in the senate.
There’s general discontent with Washington: 71 percent of voters are angry or dissatisfied with how the federal government is working. Thirty-nine percent say that the Obama administration’s economic policies have hurt the state, while 28 percent say they have failed to make any difference.
Thirty-seven percent of voters strongly or somewhat support the tea-party movement, while 47 percent somewhat or strongly oppose the movement.
The RealClearPolitics average of recent polls gives Boxer a 2.7-point lead. NR editor Rich Lowry reported today that GOP internal polls show Fiorina either tied or narrowly behind.