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Wed Mar 31, 2021, 10:37 AM

California voters would support Newsom against recall campaign, new poll finds [View all]

Source: Politico

OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom is in a strong position to defeat a likely recall vote, according to a new poll of California voters.

A double-digit majority of likely voters said they would vote to retain Newsom, with 56 percent saying they would keep him versus 40 percent seeking to jettison the Democratic governor, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Tuesday night.

The favorable poll bolsters Newsom’s argument that a recall fueled by pandemic fatigue will fall flat in Democrat-heavy California. While the effort to oust him hasn't yet formally qualified for the ballot, it is overwhelmingly likely to go before voters in the fall. Newsom has launched a campaign in his defense and begun enlisting national Democratic luminaries, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams.

Overall, Newsom has a 53 percent approval rating, down from his peak of 65 percent in May 2020. That includes 77 percent approval among Democrats and a slight edge among no-party-preference voters, a growing constituency that makes up a quarter of voters and approves of Newsom 49 percent to 46 percent.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2021/03/31/california-voters-would-support-newsom-against-recall-campaign-new-poll-finds-1370542

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