Patrick Little, an avowed anti-Semite who in April polling came in second after Sen. Dianne Feinstein at 18 percent, has dropped to zero percent support in a new poll of likely voters in the primary contest for her Senate seat.
Little, an Albany resident whose anti-Jewish and anti-Israel vitriol is the centerpiece of his campaign to defeat Feinstein, had support from 46 percent of Republican respondents in the April 24 poll by SurveyUSA and led all candidates among voters who described themselves as conservatives and those who had not attended college.
But in the latest SurveyUSA poll released May 24, Little drew the support of 1 percent of Republicans and no support among either conservatives or those who hadn’t attended college.
A USC/Los Angeles Times poll of the Senate race also released last week showed Little with 2 percent support among likely voters in the June 5 primary.
Little, a Holocaust denier who said the Trump administration was “a Zionist-occupied government,” told J. in a May 9 interview that one of his major goals as a senator from California would be rerouting all U.S. aid now going to Israel to Hezbollah and making it a crime — punishable by the death penalty — if any politician ever suggested aid be restored to Israel.
His website invites viewers to learn “how we will end Jewish supremacism and make America free again.”
Little’s strong showing in the April SurveyUSA poll led the Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Federations in San Francisco and the East Bay to issue a joint statement denouncing the candidate’s anti-Semitic diatribes, saying his views were “deeply offensive and anathema to what is required to be a public servant in our cherished democracy.”
Larry Gerston, a political analyst for NBC Bay Area who said earlier this month that it was unlikely Little would finish in the top two in the Senate primary and qualify for the November ballot, said the new SurveyUSA poll in all likelihood means that the earlier poll showing Little at 18 percent was probably an aberration.
“Given the data from all of the other polls, that would seem reasonable,” Gerston said.
Even Little, 33, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the new poll, wasn’t quite sure earlier this month when asked why so many people said they would vote for him.
“I can’t say that my Anglo-Saxon-sounding name hurt me. There could have been people that were low information that just saw an Anglo-Saxon name,” he said.