A majority of Americans oppose the removal of Governor Gavin Newsom, according to a new poll.
The survey, conducted by the University of California-Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies for the Los Angeles Times, found that 60% of California voters would oppose Newsom's removal, compared with only 39% who say they would like Newsom to be removed from the Advocate office.
“In the beginning it was probably more about whether or not they liked Newsom. It was personalized, ”Berkeley pollster Mark Di Camillo told the Los Angeles Times. He noted that "the whole dynamic of the vote" changed when radio host Larry Elder became the face of the Republican Party opposition.
The latest survey marks a marked change in relation to this late July. At the time, only half of Californians said they would support Newsom, with 47% saying they would support Newsom's removal from office.
Newsom has been criticized in California for the high taxes and Covid-19 response, particularly among Republicans who shared their grievances about the extent of the restrictions. Vaccine adoption in the state has also been slow, at least initially.
The scheduled September 14 dismissal is the fourth dismissal of the governor ever held in the United States.
Alan is a writer, editor, and news junkie from New York.