(FreedomJournal.org)- Gavin Newsom, the controversial Democratic Governor of California, saw his approval rating collapse to just 46% according to a survey published on Tuesday.
Who would have thought that destroying your state’s businesses and locking people in their home for months would breed anger and discontent?
Politico reported on Tuesday how the governor’s rating “plummeted as the public sours on his pandemic management.”
The Berkley Institute of Governmental Studies poll comes as Republicans and even some Democrats continue their campaign in the state to recall the governor.
“The poll found that just 46 percent of California voters approve of Newsom’s job performance – a sharp decline from the two-thirds who backed him in a September IGS poll,” Politico added.
His approval rating decline reportedly tracked with growing disaffection among the public on how Newsom handled the virus.
Respondents who said he is doing a good job fell from around one half back in September 2020, to roughly one third this year. Last year, only 28% of voters said he was doing a bad job, but that number has since increased to 43%.
Organizers trying to recall Newsom recently reported that they have 80% of the 1.5 million signatures they need to trigger a recall ballot. The signatures must be gathered by March 17, and with the contest looking more likely by the day, Democrats and Republicans are already putting themselves forward to replace him.
Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego and a “moderate” Republican has already announced his candidacy to replace Newsom.
On Monday, Faulconer published a campaign video outlining his promises to the people of California.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. We can clean up California,” he said in the video.
California has so much promise. But Gavin Newsom’s broken promises have become our problems. His leadership is failing our state.
It’s time for the California Comeback.
I’m excited to officially launch my campaign for Governor. Join me.https://t.co/p8kWz9J1bA
— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) February 2, 2021
Should the recall efforts fail, however, Newsom is up for re-election in 2022. And unless these poll numbers get better for him…it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a Republican will once again be the governor of California.
Wouldn’t that be an interesting development?