New Poll Shows Schwarzenegger Up 16 Points

A new poll out Wednesday on the California recall paints a different political picture than a poll out this weekend, putting Arnold Schwarzenegger (search) far out in front of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (search) for the governor's seat.

According to KABC in Los Angeles, if the election were held today, 45 percent of those surveyed would vote for Schwarzenegger in the Oct. 7 recall election and 29 percent would support Bustamante.

The same poll showed that 64 percent of those surveyed would also recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis (search), compared to 35 percent who would support keeping him in office.

The KABC poll follows the trend of three other polls in recent weeks, but not one released by the Los Angeles Times this weekend. The Independent Public Policy Institute (search), the Field Poll and an earlier KABC poll showed Californians supporting a Davis recall by at least 8 percent.

The polls also all had Schwarzenegger and Bustamante close or Schwarzenegger in the lead. But the Los Angeles Times poll gave Bustamante a 13 point lead and had support for recall at just 50 percent.

While Schwarzenegger does not have a public schedule on Wednesday, he is expected to appear at three events in Fresno on Thursday, including a rally. His campaign told Fox News that they are beginning to ramp up their schedule and increase appearances dramatically over the next six weeks.

Democrats say they have aggressive advertisements "already in the can" and are just waiting for the right time to unleash them. They also are expecting to hold a press conference of Hollywood liberals to denounce the Schwarzenegger candidacy.

Fox News' Adam Housley contributed to this report.