Californians Say “No Thanks” to “President Newsom”

( – California Governor Gavin Newsom is learning that good looks and slick hair can only take you so far. The large majority of Californians do not want their Governor to run for President, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll.

Only 44% of poll respondents said Newsom is doing a good job as state governor, compared to 45% disapproving of how he handles the job.

However, the numbers jumped when survey takers were asked if they thought Newsom should run for President in 2024. 70% said no, while another 22% said he should go for the White House.

Newsom has not said whether he will run for the nation’s highest office, but political readers of tea leaves say he’s taking steps that would be consistent with a presidential run. 

Even members of Newsom’s Democratic party seem unenthusiastic about a possible White House bid. 54% of likely Democratic voters told pollsters they don’t want to see their governor on the 2024 ticket.

Quinnipiac analyst Tim Malloy called the results “a resounding thumbs-down from the home team.”

The future of other high offices in or related to California politics is also in doubt. Earlier in February Dianne Feinstein, currently the longest-serving Senator – and also the oldest at 89 years old – announced she will not seek office again. This opened up a flurry of speculation about who would replace the senior Democrat.

It doesn’t look likely to be Democrat Adam Schiff. In the Quinnipiac poll, nearly the same number said “yes” and “no” to the question of whether they had a favorable view of the Democratic House Representative. 31% favored him, while 30% did not.

The public’s view of Democratic Representative Katie Porter is not as clear. 30% of poll-takers said they viewed her favorably, compared to 11% who viewed her unfavorably. But 59% said they did not know enough about Porter to form a judgment.

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