Politics Gavin Newsom Recall Not Supported by Californians: Poll
Steyer polls the Newsom recall — offering himself as an alternative
The one-time presidential candidate says he opposes the recall effort. The poll suggests he’s thinking about being the fallback option if it succeeds.And the billionaire environmental activist and erstwhile presidential hopeful has included his own name among the list of possible contenders to succeed Gov. Gavin Newsom, according to three people familiar with the recent survey.
A majority of voters in California oppose the recall of Governor, according to a poll released just weeks after the campaign against the Democrat revealed that it had collected more than 2 million signatures.
The poll, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California and released on Tuesday, found that 56 percent of voters were against the recall, 40 percent supported it and the remainder were undecided.
Why some Californians are trying to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom and how a recall works
The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is on the verge of a major victory. Your browser does not support this video There are almost enough signatures in support of the effort to get the measure on the ballot, which would give voters the option to remove the governor from office and pick his replacement. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Though organizers say they are nonpartisan, Republicans are rallying around the effort. MORE: California Gov.
Theto the state before the deadline on March 17. About 1.5 million verified signatures are required to trigger a recall and it is likely that enough of the campaign's signatures will be validated to get the measure on the ballot.
The poll was conducted from March 14 to 23 and Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California, told The Los Angeles Times that Californians were starting to see "the light at the end of the tunnel" after COVID-19.
"Theabout where things are headed with COVID than they were in January," Baldassare said.
"All of these things work to the benefit of keeping the status quo," he said.
Poll: Majority of California voters don't back recall
A substantial majority of California voters say they do not support recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from office as voters give high marks to legislation he signed to combat the economic recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. © Getty Images Poll: Majority of California voters don't back recall Fifty-six percent of voters say they oppose the recall effort to remove Newsom from office, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll released this week, while 40 percent of likely voters say they would support a recall.
The poll shows a significant split along party lines, with 79 percent ofsupporting the recall and 79 percent of opposing the measure.
The survey also found that 40 percent of voters support getting rid of Newsom. In the 2018 election, the Democrat won 61.9 percent of the vote and his Republican opponent John Cox won 38.1 percent. The Public Policy Institute poll suggests that a recall election would have a similar result.
In order for Newsom to be removed from office, more than 50 percent of Californians voting on the recall question would have to say "yes." Only if this threshold is reached would a second question come into play: who should replace Newsom?
A sitting governor cannot appear on the ballot as their own replacement, so if the recall vote is successful, Newsom will be ousted. This was the method that allowed the Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger to take the governor's mansion in 2003 when Democrat Gray Davis was recalled.
Schwarzenegger slams Newsom's claims of a 'Republican recall'
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't sure California Gov. Gavin Newsom will be back. Newsom is on the precipice of a recall election similar to the 2003 contest that fueled Schwarzenegger's rise to power, the former governor said."It's pretty much the same atmosphere today as it was then. There was dissatisfaction, to the highest level [in political leadership]," he told Politico. "People are working very hard. People are making unbelievable sacrifices every day. ... And you feel like, 'Wait a minute, but Sacramento doesn't really do everything for us that they promised they’ll do.
Newsom, despite polling that shows independents and some Democrats are in favor of removing him from office.
"I won't be distracted by this partisan, Republican recall—but I will fight it," the governor tweeted on March 15. "There is too much at stake. Getting Californians vaccinated, our economy safely reopened, and our kids back in school are simply too important to risk."
Kamala Harris Backs Gavin Newsom As He Faces Recall Election .
The vice president said the White House would be "supportive" of the California governor.In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Harris said the White House would be as "supportive as much as we possibly can" amid the California recall election campaign.