(UnitedVoice.com) – California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) survived an effort to recall him in 2021. The next year, he sailed to reelection in the largest Blue state in America. His approval rating is not doing so well these days.
On November 7, the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) released a new poll that showed residents of the state aren’t happy with the way Newsom is running things. According to the results, for the first time since taking office, more California residents disapprove of him (49%) than approve (44%) of Newsom.
Berkeley IGS Director Mark DiCamillo said Newsom’s tanking approval ratings appear to be related to his decision to get more involved with politics on a national level. He went on to say GOP voters are pretty one-sided when it comes to his approval. Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans said they disapprove of Newsom’s decision to get involved on the national stage. Meanwhile, 70% of Democrats support the action.
Newsom isn’t just taking heat from Republicans. During a speech in Iowa on November 4, Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman (D) accused Newsom of “running for president” but not having the “guts to announce it.”
The allegations come after Newsom traveled to China to have a conversation about climate change policies. He is set to debate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) at the end of November on Fox News. The liberal governor has been attacking his conservative counterpart for almost two years.
Nathan Click, a spokesperson for Newsom, told Fox News Digital that the poll is “an outlier” and isn’t accurate. He pointed to a Morning Consult survey published on November 1, showing the Democratic governor had an approval rating of 56% and a disapproval rating of 38%.
Morning Consult: Most popular governors (approve-disapprove)
• Scott (R-VT): 83-14 (+69)
• Gordon (R-WY): 73-13 (+60)
• Sununu (R-NH): 67-28 (+39)
• Green (D-HI): 66-25 (+41)
• Dunleavy (R-AK): 63-25 (+38)
• Moore (D-MD): 60-23 (+37)
• Healy (D-MA): 60-25 (+35)
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) November 1, 2023
Outlier or not, the poll shows that not everyone in California is happy with the way Newsom has behaved in recent months. But if Click’s response is any indication of how the governor feels, then it doesn’t appear he’s going to make any changes.
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