California recall: Positive results in COVID response, strong Democratic participation helped Gov. Newsom, ABC News exit poll shows
Governor Newsom has received positive results in his handling of the pandemic and a huge turnout advantage among Democrats.
Survey data shows that 31% of voters described the pandemic as the number one issue in the state and 80% of those voters supported keeping Newsom in office.
Democrats outnumbered Republicans in polling data by 17 percentage points, 43-26% (with the rest of the independents and others).
Emphasizing the Republican Party’s challenges in California, 62% rated the Republican Party as unfavorable, compared to the lukewarm but positive 51% rating of the Democratic Party.
Only 3 in 10 said Newsom’s epidemic control measures are too strict, contradicting a major argument in the recall campaign against him. 70% support the state’s student mask mandate and 63% support the governor’s view of vaccination as a public health responsibility rather than a personal choice.
But some results were less favorable to the incumbents; Six in 10 voters described the cost of living in their area as “uncontrollable”. Respondents were evenly split in rating the state’s economy negatively or positively, with a ratio of 50-47%.
Overall, 55% agreed with the way Newsom handles his job.
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ABC News contributed to this report.
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