Poll: Newsom retains strong lead; Obamacare and taxes big issues for voters

According to the most recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, Gavin Newsom’s lead in the gubernatorial race appears secure in the final stretch before California’s June 5 primaries, despite a plurality of voters still undecided.

The poll was based on 691 registered voters, as well as 517 voters likely to vote in the primary. The top two vote-getters in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Newsom, the current lieutenant governor, received 21 percent of the vote, with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Republican businessman John Cox contending for second place with 11 percent and 10 percent of the vote, respectively; well within the margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Of potential interest to the battle for second place could be President Trump’s recent decision to endorse Cox. While it could potentially mobilize Republican support, it could just as easily backfire and turn away moderates.

California Treasurer John Chiang, who was hoping to become the state’s first Asian-American governor, and Huntington Beach State Assemblyman Travis Allen, who has brashly courted Trump supporters, stand at 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

When it comes to issues that could swing voters in congressional races, the Trump administration’s tax overhaul and attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act hold the most cache. Almost half of poll respondents opposed the December tax overhaul, with 52 percent being less likely to re-elect their representative if they supported the changes. And six out of 10 residents support the ACA; similarly, 54 percent would be less likely to vote for a representative trying to repeal Obamacare.


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  1. Dude McCool
    Dude McCool 29 May, 2018, 17:58

    Repeal Obama care. Repeal Governor Brownstain, Repeal Gavin “I slept with my best friend’s wife” Newsom.

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  2. Dude McCool
    Dude McCool 29 May, 2018, 18:00

    Gavin Newsom as Mayor??? He’s more qualified to be a sleazy used car salesman.

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  3. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 29 May, 2018, 19:18

    Looks like there might be enough Travis Allen supporters voting for their (losing) candidate to keep GOP leading contender John Cox from making the runoff. Victory for the clueless in the GOP!

    November Down-ticket results (fewer GOP voters will cast a ballot without a gubernatorial candidate) will be worse for Republicans as a result. And perhaps that will also keep the gas tax from being repealed.

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  4. Loufca
    Loufca 29 May, 2018, 20:58

    Look up the Balogna family murders in San Francisco during Newsomes time as mayor. He has blood on his hands as does Harris.

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  5. Bogiewheel
    Bogiewheel 30 May, 2018, 13:08

    California is lost…………..

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