Poll: 51% of Likely Voters in California Would Recall and Remove Gavin Newsom


    The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA for the San Diego Union-Tribune, KGTV 10News in San Diego and KABC-TV in Los Angeles, came one day after an Emerson College poll showed a dead heat on whether Newsom should be recalled.

    The San Diego Union-Tribune reported:

    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.

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    The findings come as Newsom is trying to convince voters that the recall drive is a product of right-wing Republicans and supporters of former President Donald Trump.

    The poll found that YouTuber and real estate investor Kevin Paffrath, a Democrat, led the pack of likely contenders, with 27% of the vote, followed closely by conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, with 23%. The result is considered a statistical dead heat; no other candidates were in double digits.

    Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions were given as the most important reason to recall him by 34% of the voters in the poll.

    As in the Emerson College poll, a majority of Latinos said they would vote to recall Newsom; in the new poll, a majority of whites said they would do so as well.

    The poll also asked vaccinated voters about their preference, and a majority favored recalling Newsom, 47% to 43%.

    Ballots will be sent to voters by the middle of the month. The recall will consist of two questions: first, a question on whether Newsom should be recalled; second, a list of 43 candidates to replace him. A majority must agree to recall Newsom for the result on the second question to take effect; the winner need only secure a plurality, not a majority.

    Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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