Poll: 51% Of Likely Voters In California Would Recall And Remove Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom — who is up for a recall election on September 14 — is facing an uphill to keep his position as governor after a new survey revealed that the majority of likely voters in California would vote to remove the incumbent Democratic governor.

A new poll conducted by SurveyUSA for the San Diego Union-Tribune, KGTV 10News in San Diego and KABC-TV in Los Angeles, found that over half or 51% of likely voters in California saying they would vote to remove Newsom from office, compared to the 40% who said they would vote to retain him as the state’s governor. 

Released Wednesday, the poll results spell trouble for the embattled liberal governor, which came a day after another survey made by the Emerson College poll revealed “a dead heat” on whether Newsom should be recalled.

“51 percent of those asked indicated they would vote to remove Newsom from office. Forty percent of respondents said they would vote no on the recall,” The San Diego Union-Tribune said of the poll.

The latest poll came as Newsom attempted to persuade voters that the recall campaign is led by right-wing Republicans and allies of former President Donald Trump.

With 27% of the vote, YouTuber and real estate businessman Kevin Paffrath, a Democrat, headed the group of potential contenders, followed by conservative talk radio presenter Larry Elder, who received 23% in the poll.

There were no other candidates in double digits, therefore the outcome is deemed a statistical dead heat.

Meanwhile, 34% of voters cited in the survey that Newsom’s draconian coronavirus restrictions earlier as the most significant cause to recall him.

A majority of Latinos, like in the Emerson College survey, indicated they would vote to recall Newsom, while a majority of white Americans also said the same in the current poll.

Among the vaccinated, 47% favored recalling Newsom, compared to 43% who said otherwise.

By the middle of the month, voters will be sent ballots. The recall will include two questions: the first will ask if Newsom should be recalled, and the second will ask for a list of 43 candidates to replace him. 

For the outcome on the second question to take effect, a majority must agree to recall Newsom; the winner just needs a plurality, not a majority.

Newsom is facing a recall from voters who are angry over his over the top policies during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

The California Governor also came under fire earlier for violating his own coronavirus restrictions when he was caught attending a friend’s birthday at one of California’s most exclusive restaurants.

At least 26 Republicans and 16 Democrats are running for Newsom’s position. 

Republicans running include Caitlyn Jenner, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox and Assembly member Kevin Kiley.


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