Governor Newsom received positive results on his handling of the pandemic and a huge turnout advantage among Democrats.
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Poll data shows that 31% of voters called the pandemic a major problem for the state and 80% of those voters supported keeping Newsom in power.
Democrats outnumber Republicans in exit poll data by 17 percentage points, 43-26% (along with the rest of Independents and others).
Highlighting the GOP’s challenges in California, 62% rated the Republican Party unfavorably, compared to a lukewarm but still positive rating of 51% for the Democratic Party.
Only 3 in 10 people said Newsom’s pandemic control measures were too strict, contradicting a key argument in the recall campaign against him. 70% support the state’s student mask mandate and 63% sided with the governor in viewing vaccination more as a public health responsibility than a personal choice.
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But some results were less favorable to incumbents; 6 out of 10 voters described the cost of living in their region as “unmanageable”. Respondents were also divided in rating the state’s economy positively or negatively at 50-47%.
Overall, 55% approved of the way Newsom handles its work.
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ABC News contributed to this report.
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