Gavin Newsom went wild in California, putting restrictions on businesses and people that sent them into bankruptcy and ruined their lives. Anger boiled up and the people of California exercised one of the few freedoms they still have, the electoral recall. Now polls show that Newsom is in danger of losing his office. Reid Wilson reports at The Hill:
The share of California voters who say they will vote to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from office is quietly growing about ten weeks before they head to the polls, a troubling sign for an incumbent who faces quietly mounting crises across his state.
A survey released Tuesday by the University of California Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, found 47 percent of likely voters saying they would back the recall effort, and 50 percent were opposed.
Among all registered voters, just 36 percent back removing Newsom from office. But growing enthusiasm among recall supporters, and especially Republican voters who are deep in the minority in liberal California, is becoming an existential threat to Newsom’s political career.
Republicans “are confident that they can turn out the governor,” Mark DiCamillo, the polling director, told the Times. “I think the Newsom campaign really has to light a fire among the Democrats and say, ‘Look, the outcome is in jeopardy unless you get out there and vote.’ ”
Republicans make up just a quarter of registered voters in California, but they account for a third of the likely voters who made it through the poll’s screening questions, a sign of sky-high enthusiasm. Democratic voters make up 46 percent of all California registered voters, but just 42 percent of the voters that say they are likely to cast ballots in the recall.
The Berkeley poll is the second released in the last week that shows recall supporters gaining ground. An Emerson College poll out last week showed 43 percent of voters backing the recall, while 48 percent were opposed; a March survey conducted by the same pollsters showed just 38 percent backed the recall.
Action Line: If you live in a state like California where politicians treat you more like a piggy bank to withdraw money from than a citizens, maybe it’s time to look for a better America.