Newsom loses ground

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JEFF CHIU/ASSOCIATED PRESS/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10674978g) California Governorn Gavin Newsom wears a protective mask on his face while speaking to reporters at Miss Ollie's restaurant amid the coronavirus pandemic in Oakland, California, USA, 09 June 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom visits Oakland restaurant amid coronavirus pandemic, USA - 09 Jun 2020

A new poll released Wednesday suggests an increasing number of Californians intend to vote in favor of removing California Governor Gavin Newsom from office before his term officially ends.

Voters will make their decision during the recall election, which is scheduled to take place on September 14. If more than 50 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of removing Newsom from office, the recall candidate who receives the greatest number of votes will become his successor.

While polls conducted earlier this year found a consistent 36 percent of registered voters in California supported removing Newsom from office, the new poll from Inside California Politics and Emerson College said that number has now jumped to 43 percent.

The earlier 36 percent held steady in polls conducted by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies and SurveyUSA between late January and early May. Those polls found between 45 percent and 49 percent of respondents said they preferred to keep Newsom in office so he could complete his term. Between 15 percent and 19 percent of voters polled said they were undecided.

Though the new poll shows an uptick in support for recalling Newsom, 48 percent of respondents said they want him to remain in office, a number consistent with earlier polling. The remaining 9 percent of individuals polled said they were undecided.

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