|Ro Khanna, Mike Honda|
The results not only show Honda in firm control of the race with under 100 days until the top two June primary, but also reveals the potential disruption the conservative Singh, a South Bay physician who entered the race last December, may pose for Khanna. Both are of Indian descent in one of the largest Indo American regions in the country.
When party affiliation is attached to each candidate, Honda received 45 percent of the poll, followed by Singh at 29 percent and Khanna at 26 percent. However, when the affiliation is removed, Honda’s support rises to 62 percent while Singh’s drops precipitously to 11 percent. Khanna, meanwhile, remains virtually constant at 27 percent, according to the poll. Both poll questions, however, include a relatively high margin of error at 6 percent.
"This poll shows that the real battle in June's primary will be between Ro Khanna and Dr. Vanila Singh, to see who will make it onto the ballot with Congressman Honda for November's general election," said Vivek Kembaiyan, communication director for the Honda campaign. "If I were supporting Khanna's campaign, I'd be seriously concerned that after spending over $1.1 million, they are in third place behind a candidate who has spent $915."
|Republican Vanila Singh|
Head-to-head general election matchups also favor Honda, according to the poll, which this time, feature a much larger sample of the district’s voter and a margin of error of 4.4 percent. In a November race between Honda and Khanna, Honda leads 61-39 percent. Honda also leads a bipartisan race against Singh, 69-31 percent. Similarly, Honda’s approval/disapproval numbers polled at 61-31 percent, with 8 percent without an opinion.