Potentially making matters worse for Feinstein, the treasurer of her campaign -- in addition to the campaigns of other prominent California Democrats -- was arrested earlier this month for fraud. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday
that Feinstein told her staff that her account was among those that were allegedly "wiped out" by Kinde Durkee
, but it was unclear how much of the $5.2 million in Feinstein's campaign coffers is missing.
Despite her declining poll numbers and an uncertain finance situation, no major Republican candidate has come forward to challenge Feinstein. A number of GOP incumbents in Congress are threatened by California's new congressional map
, which pairs some of them with other incumbents or redraws the lines to place them in unfavorable districts. But considering the unpopularity of Congress and congressional Republicans (19 percent approval rating), Feinstein's most credible GOP challenger may not come from Capitol Hill.
The Field Poll was conducted Sept. 1-12, surveying 1,001 registered voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent. All questions other than Feinstein's re-election percentage were asked of a split sample of 481 registered voters; those results carry a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.