Gavin Newsom’s Approval Rating Plummeting In California

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It appears Californians have officially hit their breaking point with Governor Gavin Newsom. In a new poll conducted by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, just 46% of California voters approve of Newsom’s job performance. He was polling at a 64% approval rating in September. It doesn’t take a political science expert to know that is what most people call a plummeting approval rating.

“These results should provide a strong warning to the Governor,” IGS co-director Eric Schickler said in a release.

In 2018, Newsom won the California governor race with 61.9% of the vote. Newsom, who’s facing a formidable recall effort, might find solace that the same poll also discovered that 45% of Californians oppose the recall effort and 19% are undecided.

“If the recall election does go forward, the state’s response to the pandemic needs to be seen as more successful for the Governor than it is now for him to be confident of the election outcome,” Schickler says.

On his handling of the pandemic, 31% said Newsom’s doing a “excellent” or “good” job. It was at 49% in September. As for “poor” or “very poor” that number now sits at 43%. It was 28% in September.

Those polled were also asked about Newsom’s handling of jobs and the economy, and 45% of them now rate his handling as “poor” or “very poor.” That’s up from 31% in September.

The full poll can be found here. It’s bleak for Gavin.

Keep in mind the September poll was conducted before it surfaced that Newsom had enjoyed breaking his very own large gathering dining rules at one of the most expensive restaurants in the United States, before he dropped the hammer on Californians with draconian Thanksgiving rules and before gym owners had to battle elements just to keep their businesses afloat.

You could say Gavin Newsom has nobody to blame for his plummeting approval rating but himself. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps, big boy.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. The debate in our home on signing the petition ultimately turned into a no, even though Newsom is probably one of the 5 worst governors in the history of the United States.

    The major issue with the recall, is the fact that it frees him up to go to DC, partner up with Cameltoe, and bring the misery of California to the rest of the country.

    And he will become part of Bidens administration if recalled. 100%.

  2. As a Californian, I need to know who the 31% are who said Newsom is doing a “good” or “excellent” job with the pandemic. Guessing those are the idiots who see a “D” next to someone’s name and think they walk on water.

  3. LOL, Joe…”plummeting”…at 46% approval? Politics be a different animal.
    To give you a sports analogy, if you’re at 50% approval, most pollsters would say you’re a .300 hitter heading for Cooperstown when you retire.

  4. I would like to know these 46%…specifically if they are receiving some financial incentive from Newsom’s antics, communist Chinese living in California, have been UC Berkley educated, or are anarchist types that just love watching society burn.

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