State Sen. Marty Block during an interview in Sacramento. Courtesy Block's office
State Sen. Marty Block during an interview in Sacramento. Courtesy Block’s office

State Sen. Marty Block‘s campaign released a poll Friday showing the senator with a lead among informed voters over challenger Toni Atkins, who is completing her final term in the state Assembly.

Last month Atkins, the speaker of the Assembly, confirmed media reports that she would seek the 39th District state Senate seat held by Block. The district includes most of the City of San Diego north of Route 94 and the coastal cities of Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach.

The new poll found voters initially preferred Atkins to Block 40 percent to 26 percent, but that flipped to 46 percent to 35 percent in favor of Block after respondents were read positive descriptions and comparative positions of each candidate.

“The election for State Senate shifts in Marty Block’s favor once survey respondents receive more information about BOTH candidates,” said the pollsters from Garin-Hart-Yang, the political division of Hart Research Associates.

The Atkins campaign rejected the poll results. “Clearly, this isn’t a balanced poll — and Block is still far behind,” the campaign said in a statement.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 22 to 24 among a representative sample of 401 likely 39th Senate district primary voters. The survey has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.