The guy is nicely above 50% on several things with his states voters….
With approval’s like that?
The possible recall effort is only gonna actually make Newsom stronger politically….
Gov. Gavin Newsom just got the most concrete evidence to date showing why he’s positioned to survive a recall vote.
Recall proponents have made a simple pitch: The Democratic governor’s pandemic mismanagement has devastated California’s economy and failed schoolchildren. They said they were vindicated this week when election officials validated enough signatures to force a fall election.
But a new statewide poll suggests those two pillars of anti-Newsom sentiment aren’t as sturdy as his foes think. The Public Policy Institute of California found 59 percent of likely voters approve of how Newsom has managed school reopening — and 59 percent approve how he has handled jobs and the economy. That figure is a few points higher than the share of likely voters who told PPIC in March they would vote to keep Newsom in office.
“To me, the significance around schools and the economy can’t be overstated,”said PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare. “These are really two central challenges, big problems the governor has faced, and today most people are with him in terms of how he’s handled these issues.”
By comparison, in a June 2003 PPIC poll, only 21 percent of likely voters approved of then-Gov. Gray Davis’ job performance. The same survey found 51 percent of likely voters supported a recall, presaging his ouster four months later. The latest PPIC poll did not ask voters whether they would support removing Newsom.
Pervasive parental frustration over school closures has spilled across party lines and fueled attempts to recall school board members. Sensing vulnerability, Newsom’s opponents have hammered him on the education issue. Republican former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer launched his campaign in front of a closed school.
But the PPIC poll shows that anger may not be as deep and enduring as Newsom’s foes believe. More than 60 percent of California’s public school parents approve of Newsom’s handling of the K-12 education system,…
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