Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Bradley is gaining ground on incumbent Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, although Deukmejian continues to attract significant support from Democrats, according to a statewide poll.
In a poll of 1,200 voters taken last weekend, Deukmejian's lead was cut to 6%--he had 45% to Bradley's 39%--said Steve Teichner, director of the poll for KABC television. Six percent said they support other candidates and 10% were undecided. In Teichner's last poll in May, Deukmejian led by 17 points.
A poll completed in early August by Mervin D. Field showed Bradley 11 points behind, representing a gain of seven points from a Field poll taken in May.
The Los Angeles mayor is gaining most in the five Southern California counties, Teichner said, including Los Angeles County, where he pulled ahead of the governor 40% to 30%, since the poll in May, when he trailed 33% to 43%. In the five-county area overall, however, Bradley still trails Deukmejian by 4 percentage points.