Dem Gov Gets Bad News

( – Weeks after his inexplicable wide-grin meeting with Communist China’s leader Xi, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, a potential Democrat substitute for Joe Biden in the 2024 election, has seen his rating collapse to the lowest since he took office.

A new poll shows that Newsom has witnessed a significant drop in his approval rating, a downturn of 11 points since February, amidst rumors that he may pursue a presidential bid.

This finding comes from a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, commissioned by The Los Angeles Times, and quoted by The Daily Caller.

The governor’s approval rating has declined to 44% from a previous 55%, according to the poll.

With limitations on his tenure preventing another term as governor, Newsom has received commendations for his political measures in California and his eloquence in the national media, as highlighted by commentators such as MSNBC’s Mehdi Hassan and The Hill’s Derek Hunter.

This acclaim has fueled discussions about him potentially seeking the Democratic nomination for president in either 2024 or 2028, The Caller points out.

“He’s kind of taking on a new persona. He’s no longer just the governor of California. He’s a spokesperson for the national party and, basically, voters are being asked to react to that,” observed Mark DiCamillo, the director of the poll.

In addition to his waning approval, Newsom’s disapproval numbers have climbed by 10 percentage points since February, reaching 49%.

This is only the second occasion when Newsom’s disapproval figures have surpassed those of his approval. The first instance occurred during the Covid-19 crisis when a recall attempt against him failed.

Governor Newsom has consented to a debate with Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, whom he has previously criticized, scheduled for November 30 in Georgia, with Fox News host Sean Hannity moderating.

Newsom also served as a rapid-response spokesperson for President Joe Biden’s campaign during the second Republican presidential primary debate on September 27 in Simi Valley, California.

The decline in Newsom’s approval rating is reflected across almost all demographics surveyed, including a 16-point drop among registered Democrats. His standing is even less favorable among independent voters, with only 37% endorsing his governorship, marking a 12-point decline.

The poll, which included 6,342 registered voters in California, was conducted from October 24 to 30 and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.