In a new poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 56 percent of all likely voters oppose the campaign to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. The strongest base of support for the recall came from voters who identify as Republicans, 79 percent of whom say they would vote to recall.
The findings fall in line with efforts by the Newsom campaign to paint the recall as a partisan political attack, even naming the official campaign committee “Stop the Republican Recall.”
“It shows once again that the recall is supported by the same hardcore and extreme diehards who will always vote for a Trump Republican against a Democrat,” Newsom spokesman Dan Newman told the Los Angeles Times.
According to the poll, 79 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents say they oppose the recall. Of the nearly 21 million registered voters in California, 46.3 percent are registered as Democrats, while Republicans and independent voters each account for around 24 percent.
The PPIC poll also finds that the governor’s overall approval rating remains at 53 percent, nearly where it was before the pandemic began. By comparison, the last governor of California to be recalled, Gray Davis, had an overall approval rating of just 27 percent at a similar point in the recall campaign process.
Nearly 79 percent of all likely voters say they believe the state is on the road to recovery from the pandemic, with 45 percent describing the vaccine distribution efforts as “excellent” or “good.” That positive outlook could be more good news for Newsom, who saw his biggest dips in approval linked to the worst of the pandemic and periods of more restrictive shutdowns.
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