(DCWatchdog.com) – More than two-thirds of voters in California think that the state’s Democrat Governor, Gavin Newsom, should not run for President of the United States in 2024.
Newsom has long been rumored to be a likely candidate for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party.
The California governor’s intentions remain unclear, especially since President Joe Biden is expected to announce within weeks that he is running for reelection.
Newsom has previously said he wouldn’t run for president next cycle if Biden sought a second term. However, in the Republican camp, Nikki Haley had made similar declarations concerning Donald Trump – yet recently changed her mind and is already an official candidate.
According to a new public opinion survey by Quinnipiac University, precisely 70% of California voters are against Newsom’s potential presidential candidacy.
That includes most Democrat voters – or, more precisely, 54%, Fox News reported.
Only 22% of the state voters support a potential White House bid by their governor next year,
“A resounding thumbs down from the home team as California voters tell the Governor: if you have designs on the big job beyond Sacramento, we’re not on board,” Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac University polling analyst, commented on the poll results.
The survey discovered that 44% of Californians approve of Newsom’s job performance as governor, and 45% disapprove of it.
The poll checked the popularity of other California Democrats after 89-year-old Democrat US Senator Dianne Feinstein announced last month she would not run for a seventh term.
Several other Democrats – most notably members of the US Congress – have already entered the race to succeed Feinstein.
Leading among them is long-time US Rep. Adam Schiff, who has been a member of Congress since 2001.
According to the poll, 31% of California’s voters view him positively, while 30% say they have a negative view of him.
Another US House of Representatives member running to succeed Feinstein in the US Senate – Rep. Katie Porter – is seen favorably by 30% of the respondents and unfavorably – by 11%. However, the remaining 59% say they don’t know enough about Porter to have an opinion of her.
Democrat US Rep. Barbara Lee, who became the third bidder for Feinstein’s Senate seat, has an 18% approval rating and 11% disapproval.
At the same time, 71% hadn’t heard enough about her to decide.
The survey asked the respondents about the most critical issues California faces.
Homelessness was chosen by 22%, 17% picked affordable housing, and 10% selected inflation.
“What worries the Golden State most? Dealing with the homeless crisis and finding a home Californians can afford to live in,” said Malloy.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from February 23-27 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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