About half of likely California voters want Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recalled next month, according to a poll released Wednesday.
We still remember those days when Newsom blamed Q Anon conspiracies, Proud Boys, and white supremacists for the origin of the recall effort… And it turns out Democrats, Independents, and Republicans want him yanked from office.
The poll conducted Aug. 2-4 by Survey USA for the San Diego Union-Tribune found that 51 percent of respondents said that they would vote to remove Newsom from office if the recall election were held today. Forty percent said they want the governor to stay in office.
The survey results mark a sharp reversal from a Survey USA/San Diego Union-Tribune poll conducted in May that found only 36 percent of voters wanted Newsom removed from office, with 47 percent opposed to the recall.
Here’s an excerpt from SF Gate reports:
The poll came from Survey USA and the San Diego Union Tribune, and was conducted among 1,100 Californians from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4. It found that 51% of respondents were in favor of recalling Newsom, while only 40% wanted to keep him in power. The previous Survey USA/San Diego Union Tribune poll from May found 36% in favor of the recall with 47% opposed.
Unlike a recent UC Berkeley/Los Angeles Time poll that was weighted by whether the respondent was likely to vote in the Sept. 14 recall election, the Survey USA carried no such weight, which is even more alarming for the governor. The Berkeley/Los Angeles Time poll found double-digit opposition to the recall, but a dead heat when weighted by likelihood to vote. Polls have consistently shown a large enthusiasm gap, strongly suggesting Republicans are more likely to turn out.
Two polls from Emerson College/Nexstar Media — one released in July, the other in August — showed clear movement away from Newsom over the past two weeks. The August Emerson/Nexstar poll, like the Berkeley/Los Angeles Times poll, showed a dead heat.
Earlier this week Newsom said the recall effort against him was “unfair.”
“No,” Newsom said during an interview when asked whether he believes his hypocrisy and policies have justified a recall. “Not at all. Look, if you don’t like me, just vote me out at the start of the primary next year,” he said.
The recall election for Gavin Newsom is set for September 14, 2021.
Larry Elder is the current Republican front-runner in the recall election.