Governor Gavin Newsom’s approval rating has plummeted this week.
The Berkley institute held a survey of 10,000 registered voters in the state of California. 46% still approved of Newsom’s job performance during COVID, which is a steep decline compared to his 64% approval rating in September.
The resentment stems from Newsom’s handling of the pandemic and strict lockdown rules that have led to thousands of businesses state-wide closings.
According to the “Recall Gavin Newsom” website, California voters are angry about a number of things.
The website includes critical issues such as unaffordable housing, record homelessness, high crime, failing schools, lack of work for independent contractors, pension debt and more.
The “Recall Gavin Newsom” campaign has generated over 1.3 million signatures so far and has another 197,000 to go before the deadline of March 17, 2021.
If Newsom is recalled, a special election could occur, and the voters of California then choose who would replace him.
So far, Newsom’s most prominent competition is former San Diego Mayor and Republican Kevin Faulconer.
Faulconer announced his run for Governor of California on Tuesday.
Dan Newman, a strategist for Newsom, commented on Newsom’s disconnect with his constituents.
“People are frustrated and upset, understandably. The pandemic has caused suffering and disruption, and it makes it a challenging time to be a public official. It’s part of what you sign up for — fires and pandemics and vaccine development are not all under your control, but you’re held responsible, and that’s part of the deal, fair or not,” Newman said.
The people of California have a right to be angry. They have a governor that has imposed some of the strictest lockdowns and mandates in the nation but lacks positive results.
Despite Newsom’s regulations, the governor himself has faced intense criticism for not even following his own guidelines.
Newsom jumped into hot water this past November when he was pictured eating at “The French Laundry” for a lobbyist’s birthday.
Even though Newsom had previously urged his constituents to stay home, he seemed to find enough wiggle room for him and other influential folks in California.
“I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I’ve done my best to do that … We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes,” Newsom said in an apology during his press conference in November.
The apology did not go far and was barely accepted by his constituents.
Bill Burton, a Democrat strategist, said, “There’s some disconnect between public policy and what regular people are experiencing in their lives.”
Newsom’s inability to connect with his voters and abide by his regulations present an uphill battle for his election efforts.
Whether he is recalled or not, Gavin Newsom will face a tough time garnering the respect of the people he once had.