Some big warning signs for Gov. Gavin Newsom were revealed through a poll for the recall election in California.
The Emerson College and Nexstar Media’s Inside California Politics on Thursday divulged its poll on Thursday, showing a tight race for the coming elections. This is in contrast to the polls released in May that indicated opposition to the recall thrashing support for the recall by two digits.
There was 43% support for the recall among poll respondents, 48% for the opposition, and 9% were undecided. In March, the support for the recall was at 38% while the opposition was at 42%.
Newsom is faced with the biggest warning sign with a poll question asking respondents “Regardless of the recall effort, would you vote to re-elect Gov. Newsom in 2022 or do you think it is time for someone new?”, of which 58% percent of the voters said they prefer someone new for the position.
This left Newsom with 42% support, indicating that he could be in a critical situation for next year if faced with a Democrat challenger. Even independent candidates with sufficient name recall or a Republican with far connection to ex-President Donald Trump can be a threat.
Furthermore, Newsom, who garnered 49% approval and 42% disapproval rating, should also pay attention to warning signs regarding his management of wildfires and drought, which can probably be the significant issues to be on focus before the Sept. 14 election.
The governor has recently gone beyond the wildfire prevention efforts deployed by the state but failed to get rid of mandatory water-use limits, SFGate reported.
More than 53% of the voters, however, said they have not decided yet on who to elect to replace Newsom — another red flag the governor should look out for. This, as the poll, indicated that most of the voters are not focused on the race, contrary to the previous polls. Newsom is facing trouble if turnout is highest among respondents who want to recall him.