ICYMI: Young Kim and Gil Cisneros in Statistical Tie in Race for CA-39

Young Kim Holds Several Advantages as the 2020 Campaign Enters Homestretch

Fullerton, CA – In a poll conducted by top national research firm, Public Opinions Strategies on behalf of Young Kim for Congress and the National Republican Congressional Committee, Former Assemblywoman Young Kim is in a virtual tie with incumbent freshman Democrat Congressman Gil Cisneros. The survey showed likely voters were evenly split on the initial ballot with Young Kim receiving 45% to Cisneros’ 47% with 8% remaining undecided. The results put the race for the 39th District squarely within the polls ±4.9% margin of error.

While the head to head match up remains a statistical tie and both candidates hold near universal name identification, Young Kim holds a significant advantage in how voters view her candidacy. Cisneros is struggling to keep his image above water with 35% of those polled viewing him favorably and 31% unfavorably (+4). Kim enjoys a nearly 2:1 favorability rating with 41% favorable and 23% unfavorable (+18).

Sam Oh, General Consultant for Young Kim for Congress, pointed to Cisneros’ record as a vulnerability with voters.

“Gil Cisneros has shown no leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, instead marching in lockstep with his party, regularly breaking his promises to voters, and his record clearly shows he is nothing but a hyperpartisan voice in Washington. This poll clearly shows voters in the 39th district are fed up. Young Kim has proven she is the common sense leader they can trust to get results for those Gil has left behind.”

Young Kim also holds a distinct advantage in fundraising as the election reaches its final stretch. The Hill, who reported on the polls release, noted that the tight race is being closely watched by party committees on both sides and while the competing campaigns have comparable cash on hand, Kim’s campaign nearly doubled Cisneros in 2nd quarter fundraising.

Read the complete polling memo here.