Poll shows voters oppose Governor Newsom’s coronavirus policies

Poll shows voters oppose Governor Newsom’s coronavirus policies

Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio was on KUSI this morning to discuss how the majority of Californians are opposed to Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus policies. Our statewide poll shows that 72% of Californians want the state’s economy reopened by now and believe there is a better way to re-open the state than the statewide all-or-nothing lockdown approach Governor Gavin Newsom is pursuing.

Poll Shows California Voters Support Reopening, Support the Right to Protest, and Oppose Covid-19 Payouts to Illegal Immigrants

Poll Shows California Voters Support Reopening, Support the Right to Protest, and Oppose Covid-19 Payouts to Illegal Immigrants

“Governor Gavin Newsom is out of step with a bipartisan majority of California voters who believe there is a safe way to return to work.” –Carl DeMaio, Chairman, Reform California

A survey of 1,285 likely voters conducted by Remington Research for Reform California over the weekend (May 1-2) shows Californians believe there is a better way to re-open the state than the statewide all-or-nothing lockdown approach Governor Gavin Newsom is pursuing. 

“This polling shows Governor Gavin Newsom really needs to step back and listen to California voters who do not support his heavy-handed approach to dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak,” noted Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California.

Californians Favor Reopening Now – Only San Francisco Voters Want to Remain in Lockdown

A whopping 72% of California voters overwhelming support reopening the state’s economy now by simply requiring businesses to adhere to strict sanitation and social distancing standards and allowing individual counties to monitor Covid-19 infections to ensure local hospital capacity can handle any surges of new cases. 

When presented with an either-or choice of reopening without any mention of strict sanitation and social distancing standards, a surprising plurality of voters statewide want to reopen now (41% reopen, 36% remain closed) with only San Francisco area voters preferring to stay locked down by a wide margin (44% remain closed, 28% reopen.) 

Californians Support Allowing Counties to Reopen Individually

As a growing number of California counties are requesting that they be allowed to reopen on their own, three California counties (Modoc, Sutter, and Yuba) today announced they would simply reopen on their own despite Governor Newsom insisting that the state remain locked down entirely until the state as a whole could reopen all at once. Newsom’s statewide all-or-nothing approach is opposed by California voters – with 63% of voters favoring an approach to allow counties to decide separately whether to reopen versus only 29% who favor waiting for a statewide reopening date.

Californians Support Protests, but Oppose Payouts to Illegal Immigrants

As Governor Newsom and local elected officials threaten to arrest protesters around the state, California voters strongly support the First Amendment rights of protesters – with 58% of voters opposing any attempt to arrest protest organizers and any imposition of $1,000 fines on protest attendees. Conversely 59% of Californians overwhelmingly oppose Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to offer $1,000 taxpayer-funded payouts to illegal immigrants impacted by Covid-19 with only 27% supporting these payouts. 

Beach Closures: It Depends on Where You Live

While 51% of Californians support keeping beaches open, 42% support the closure of beaches. However when examining geography, it is clear support for beach closures is coming from the San Francisco area (50% support closed beaches) – with the greatest support for opening beaches coming from San Diego, Orange County, Inland Empire (63% support open beaches). 

Gov. Newsom Not Politically at Risk – Yet

The polling showed that despite opposition to individual policies, voters still give Governor Gavin Newsom high marks for his overall handling of Coronavirus (64% approve, 29% disapprove). Moreover when asked if voters would support a recall of Governor Newsom if he did not reopen the state by June 15, only 37% of voters said they would versus 54% of voters who would not support a recall.

“It is only the first week of May and California voters already oppose several high-profile mandates imposed by Governor Gavin Newsom on the Coronavirus,” noted DeMaio. “It stands to reason that with each passing day that the Governor digs in his heals on these unpopular policies his overall approval rating may plummet and his political vulnerability will increase,” DeMaio concluded.

Founded in 2003, Reform California is one of the state’s largest grassroots political action committees dedicated to opposing unnecessary tax increases and supports transparency and accountability in state and local government. More information at ReformCalifornia.org

California Coronavirus Polling – Toplines (May 1-2, 2020)

Q1: Do you approve or disapprove of the job Governor Gavin Newsom is doing in response to the Coronavirus pandemic?

Approve: 64%
Disapprove: 29%
Not sure: 7%

Q2: Some Californians believe the Coronavirus restrictions have gone too far in infringing on their Constitutional rights. Government officials have banned any public protests against Coronavirus policies. Should these individuals be allowed to protest and express their views freely OR do you support the decision to arrest organizers of protests and fine participants of protests $1,000 each? 

Allow protesters to express their views: 58%
Arrest protesters and fine them: 27%
Not sure: 15%

Q3: Some people say California businesses should remain closed indefinitely. Others say California has flattened the curve enough that it can now safely reopen now. Which do you identify with more? 

Remain closed indefinitely: 36%
Reopen now: 41%
Neither: 12%
Not sure: 11%

Q4: An alternative proposal has emerged for reopening California. Under this proposal, individual businesses could reopen only if they adhered to strict sanitation and social distancing standards to protect employees and customers – just like grocery and big box stores have done so far. Counties would monitor COVID infection rates to ensure they do not put their local healthcare system at risk. Would you support or oppose an approach like this to reopening your county? 

Support: 72%
Oppose: 13%
Not sure: 15%

Q5: Governor Gavin Newsom has said his shutdown of California businesses and his stay-at-home orders will be managed statewide. Some counties have made the case that California is a massive state and rural counties should not be forced to continue shutdowns if the real problems are in dense urban portions of LA and the Bay Area. Other counties with lower infection rates requested to be allowed to slowly reopen rather than wait for the entire state. Do you think we should only reopen the entire state at the same time OR should we let counties with lower infection rates reopen sooner? 

Reopen entire state at same time: 29%
Allow some counties to reopen sooner: 63%
Not sure: 8%

Q6: Governor Gavin Newsom recently backed away from ordering the closure of all California beaches and parks because he says he does not trust citizens to responsibly use these places for recreation. To send a warning to the rest of the state, Newsom did order Orange County beaches and parks to close. Opponents say beaches and parks are important for recreation and lifeguards and police are capable of reminding the public of the rules. Do you think the California beaches and parks should be opened or remain closed?  

Open beach and parks: 51%
Beaches remain closed: 42%
Not sure: 7%

Q7: Governor Gavin Newsom wants to give illegal immigrants $1,000 a month in COVID disruption payments using taxpayer funds. At the same time, Newsom says the state’s unemployment insurance fund may run out of money within weeks for benefits for citizens. Do you agree or disagree with the use of taxpayer funds to make payouts to illegal immigrants? 

Agree: 27%
Disagree: 59%
Not sure: 14%

Q8: If we reached June 15th and California still was not reopened for business, but other states in the US were reopened and doing well; would you sign a petition to initiate a recall against Governor Gavin Newsom to send a message that he needs to consider reopening soon? 

Yes, would sign recall petition: 37%
No, would not sign recall petition: 54%
Not sure: 9%

About the poll

Survey conducted May 1 through May 2, 2020. 1,285 likely 2020 General Election voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2020 General Election. Margin of error is +/- 2.7% with a 95% level of confidence.  Totals do not always equal 100% due to rounding.

View the full poll

Experts Urge Governor to Declare Public Health Emergency, Warn of Risks of Epidemic Outbreak Without Immediate Remediation Effort

 Leading experts in public health and vector pest control today released an explosive report showing an explosion in the rodent population in California cities across the state and a spike in dangerous diseases such as Typhus. 

California is being overrun by rodents – and without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California.

Among the findings:

·    California is experiencing a massive spike in its rodent population that is both measured by available data sets and observed by field personnel.

·    Increase in California’s rodent population is not explained by environmental factors – but is directly related to the decision by some government officials to ban effective rodent control methods and a spike in the state’s homeless population.

·    Rodent infestations fueling an increase in reported cases of dangerous diseases such as Typhus – current rate of increase in cases raises concern regarding possible public health epidemic.

The report also outlines 4 recommendations for remediation framed by the expert panel, including:

  • Declare a Public Health Emergency, Work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Require Local Governments Conduct Immediate Assessments
  • Require Remediation Plans Be Formulated and Executed by Local Governments
  • Launch Public Education Campaign For Businesses and Residents to Mitigate Risk Factors
  • Oppose and Reject Assembly Bill 1788 – A Misguided Attempt to Ban Best Practice Pest Control Tools That Will Be Needed to Fight the Rodent Infestation

“Instead of acting to address this developing crisis, California state lawmakers are just days away from passing legislation (AB1788) to ban the best rodent control tools and methods available and would require use of less effective so-called green alternatives. It’s madness!,” DeMaio concluded.

The full report is available for distribution here

About Reform California

Formed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money. For more information, visit reformcalifornia.org

Ads urge San Diego voters to take action against politicians who want to raid Road Repair funds and add a “Congestion Tax”

Reform California today launched a large-scale digital ad campaign across San Diego urging voters to be aware of the raids against the Road Repair funds, the proposal for a Congestion Tax, and to urge voters to contact the politicians who are supporting the proposed road fund raised and Congestion Tax to urge them to oppose it.

“When politicians in San Diego attempt to raid road repair funds for mass transit systems and propose adding yet another tax on San Diegans, we’re stepping up to ensure they feel the wrath of voters,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California.

Recently, San Diego County’s regional transportation planning agency, SANDAG, released a plan to cut 14 freeway and highway improvements and shift all of that money into “transit” for downtown San Diego and to fund conversion of road lanes to dedicated bike lanes.

Recently, San Diego County’s regional transportation planning agency, SANDAG, released a plan to cut 14 freeway and highway improvements and shift all of that money into “transit” for downtown San Diego and to fund conversion of road lanes to dedicated bike lanes. 

SANDAG and its subsidiary MTS also propose higher taxes: both a massive Sales Tax hike and a “Congestion Tax” for anyone wanting to use the roads – with all that money going to transit, not roads.

Despite a recent poll that even shows voters in the heavily urban areas of the City of San Diego overwhelmingly oppose these proposals – by a whopping two-to-one margin! – SANDAG and politicians continue to push Road Repair Raids and the Congestion Tax forward.

The month-long digital flight will hit voters in their cars, homes, and connected devices.

Freeways to Feeways: https://youtu.be/2Fh1_VvrbPs
Freeways to Feeways (radio): https://act.reformcalifornia.org/roadraids/RCA_Freeways_To_Feeways.mp3
Harder to Drive: https://youtu.be/QyuN-CrjA_Y
Harder to Drive (radio): https://act.reformcalifornia.org/roadraids/RCA_Harder_to_Drive.mp3
Demand Change (radio): https://act.reformcalifornia.org/roadraids/RCA_Demand_Change.mp3
Congestion (radio): https://act.reformcalifornia.org/roadraids/RCA_Congestion.mp3

New Poll Shows Supermajority of San Diego Voters Oppose SANDAG Raids on Road Funds & Proposed Congestion Tax and Transit Sales Tax

New Poll Shows Supermajority of San Diego Voters Oppose SANDAG Raids on Road Funds & Proposed Congestion Tax and Transit Sales Tax

If SANDAG proceeds forward, the politicians who vote for these unpopular proposals will undoubtedly face the wrath of voters.”
In recent weeks, a debate has erupted at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) transportation agency over a controversial plan proposed by City of San Diego politicians to divert road funds for mass transit programs and possibly impose a Congestion Tax on drivers and sales tax hike for Transit. Politicians in East and North San Diego county have come out in strong opposition to the proposals, but politicians representing the large urban areas of the City of San Diego and Chula Vista have come out in support of the proposals.

A new poll shows that even voters in the heavily urban areas of the City of San Diego overwhelmingly oppose these proposals – by a whopping two-to-one margin! Moreover, the issue could be a defining one in the upcoming races for Mayor and City Council in the City of San Diego.

“These polling numbers should be a wake-up call for the tax-hiking and road-raiding politicians at SANDAG,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California. “This poll shows voters will not be fooled into approving new tax hikes until the previous promises to fix the roads are fulfilled,” said DeMaio.

Reform California conducted the poll to determine whether it should invest campaign funds in fighting the proposed road raids and tax hikes during the 2020 election cycle. DeMaio said he was very pleased with the findings of the poll and based on the results has committed additional resources to fight both the road raids and the tax hikes.

“We already knew that voters in East and North County were overwhelmingly opposed to these extreme proposals to raid road funds and hike taxes for transit, but we really wanted to know whether the politicians who back these crazy ideas would be vulnerable with their own inner-city voters and the answer is a resounding YES,” DeMaio notes. 

“This poll shows not only can we block these extreme proposals but we can punish the politicians who are fronting them,” DeMaio concluded.

DeMaio also says the poll also shows that the longer the SANDAG debate rages over road diversions, the less likely voters will approve the proposed Hotel Tax that would allegedly fund the expanded Convention Center, social services for homeless, and road repairs. “If voters continue to hear that SANDAG plans to divert funds from roads no matter what voters were promised, the less likely voters will be to trust claims made by new tax hike proposals,” DeMaio warns.

Reform California helped defeat the last SANDAG tax increase – 2016’s Measure A. In addition, Reform California successfully recalled State Senator Josh Newman over his deciding vote in hiking the car and gas taxes in 2018.

SURVEY RESULTS 
Remington Research Group
Field Dates: 5/14-5/15/2019
Sample: 1030 voters, City of San Diego – Mayoral Election Turnout Model

Q1: In 2004, San Diego voters were asked to approve a special forty-year half-a-percent sales tax increase. At the time, voters were told that the funds would be specifically earmarked and used for road and highway projects. Now, 15 years later, city politicians want to cancel those road and highway projects and transfer all of the earmarked money to transit and bike projects instead. 
 
Based on what you know, do you support or oppose this proposed shift of funds from road projects to transit projects?
 
Support: 15%
Oppose: 70%
Not sure: 15%
 
Q2: City politicians are considering a proposal to charge drivers a “Congestion Fee” for permission for them to use the roads during rush hours – typically 6am to 9:30am in the morning and 3pm to 7pm in the evening. Supporters of the Congestion Fee say it is designed to discourage people from driving cars, and the funds raised from this new fee on driving would be used to expand transit and bike programs. Opponents say the Congestion Fee is outrageous because we already pay taxes to drive on roads. 
 
Based on what you know, do you support or oppose this new Congestion Fee?
 
Support: 12%
Oppose: 82%
Not sure: 6%
 
Q3: Only 2% of San Diegans currently use transit: 1% use bikes and 97% use cars. Thinking about how to prioritize spending our transportation funds, what percentage should we spend on transit?
 
1-10%: 30%
11-25%: 32%
26-50%: 18%
51-100%: 5%
Not sure: 15%


NOTE: SANDAG spends MORE than 25% of its funds on transit and bike programs annually – putting its current spending priorities at odds with voter sentiment.
 
Q4: City politicians are proposing an increase to the city’s hotel tax to raise $30 million more in funding annually. Supporters say this tax increase is desperately needed to expand the Convention Center, support social service programs for the homeless, and fund road repairs. Opponents say this tax increase is simply a way for the city to compensate for its budget deficit. 
 
Based on what you know, do you support or oppose this hotel tax increase?
 
Support: 37%
Oppose: 48%
Not sure: 15%
 
Q5: City politicians are proposing a half-a-percent increase to the city’s sales tax to fund transit and bike programs. Once this sales tax increase goes into effect, the city’s total sales tax will be nearly 9% of every purchase made. Supporters of the tax say we need better transit programs to fight climate change. Opponents say the sales tax is regressive and unfairly hurts working families the most. 
 
Based on what you know, do you support or oppose this city sales tax increase?
 
Support: 15%
Oppose: 74%
Not sure: 11%


Full crosstabs of survey available upon request.
New Poll Reveals California Voters Overwhelmingly Opposed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Policies

New Poll Reveals California Voters Overwhelmingly Opposed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Policies

Just 90 Days in Office, Gov. Gavin Newsom Out-of-Step with California Voters on Death Penalty, Water Tax, Gas Tax Threat, and High Speed Rail

New poll results released show that even in liberal California, Gov. Gavin Newsom and his early policies are out of step with a large swath of California’s voters.

“Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting national media attention for his moves, but what the media is missing is how Newsom is actually out-of-step with California voters – and in several instances out of step with Democrat voters as well,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, the group sponsoring the scientific poll conducted by Remington Research.

“This poll reveals that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s early policy proposals are big turn-offs for voters – and without some sort of moderation soon, his extreme agenda may end up costing Democrats in the 2020 elections,” DeMaio noted.

Among the results of the poll on policy proposals:

Q1. What is your opinion of Gavin Newsom?
Favorable: 39%
Unfavorable: 39%
No opinion: 21%

Q2. Do you think Governor Newsom should be recalled from office?
Yes: 31%
No: 52%
Not sure: 17%

Q3. In 2016, Californians voted to keep the death penalty. Despite this, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced he will permanently suspend the death penalty because he considers it immoral. Do you support or oppose Newsom’s decision?
Support: 39%
Oppose: 52%
Not sure: 9%

Of interest, the poll reveals a super-majority of white voters and even a plurality of Latino and African American voters opposed to Newsom’s position on this issue.

“In 2016 voters voted to keep and strengthen the death penalty, but by overruling the will of the voters with this arbitrary order to permanently suspend the death penalty, Newsom shows he’s not only weak on public safety issues, but willing to arrogantly overrule the judgment of the voters,” DeMaio said.

Q4. Governor Newsom’s first budget proposal included a tax on drinking water. Do you support or oppose California enacting a tax on drinking water?
Support: 13%
Oppose: 78%
Not sure: 9%

Newsom has managed to unite California voters of all political parties – just not in a good way for him. The poll reveals even a 67% supermajority of Democrats oppose Newsom’s Water Tax – along with 94% of Republicans and 78% of Independents.

“With California’s cost-of-living reaching a crisis point, the Water Tax may shape up to be the biggest liability for Newsom and Democrats in the Legislature – and could rightfully cost them seats in 2020 if they dare vote to impose it on working families,” DeMaio said.

Q5. In 2018, Californians were told that the gas tax would be guaranteed to go to transportation projects and fairly distributed to all regions of the state. Despite that, Governor Newsom wants to take away gas tax funding from any city that does not comply with his affordable housing mandates. Do you support or oppose this decision by the Governor?
Support: 32%
Oppose: 53%
Not sure: 14%

A solid majority of voters oppose Newsom on this diversion of gas taxes, and Democrats risk alienating Latinos who oppose this move by a sizable 14% margin.

“By raiding Gas Tax funds yet again, Newsom shows California’s voters that he’s untrustworthy and demonstrates complete contempt for taxpayer money,” DeMaio added.

Q6. Governor Gavin Newsom recently admitted that the High Speed Rail Project is billions over budget and behind schedule. Despite this, Governor Newsom wants to proceed with a scaled back segment of the project in the least traveled route. Do you support or oppose his decision to proceed?
Support: 31%
Oppose: 54%
Not sure: 15%

“Californians see through Newsom’s phony cancellation of the project and realize that he is still throwing good money after bad by completing a partial route in violation of voter protections that were promised when the project was proposed,” DeMaio said.

Q7: After hearing some of the things he has done since taking office, do you think Governor Newsom should be recalled from office?
Yes: 37%
No: 50%
Not sure: 13%

 

About the poll
Survey conducted by Remington Research Group on March 17 through March 18, 2019. 1,303 likely 2020 General Election voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2020 General Election. Margin of Error is +/-2.71% with a 95% level of confidence. Totals do not always equal 100% due to rounding.

About Reform California
Formed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money. In 2018 Reform California successfully led the Recall against State Senator Josh Newman over his misguided vote to approve the car and gas tax hikes.

Poll results/crosstabs

DeMaio Blasts Newsom on Keeping High-Speed Rail Boondoggle Alive

DeMaio Blasts Newsom on Keeping High-Speed Rail Boondoggle Alive

In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement on high-speed rail in his State of the State address today, Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, issued the following statement:

“Make no mistake about it: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement today is not about killing the wasteful High-Speed Rail Project, it is about keeping it very much alive. Newsom wants to spend tens of billions on a rail line between Merced and Bakersfield – a complete waste. Once this segment is done, politicians will argue that no one is riding this route because it doesn’t travel far enough and voila: the entire project will continue. Taxpayers should not be fooled. The insidious move is actually designed to keep this boondoggle alive rather than do the right thing and terminate this wasteful project immediately.”

12 Democrat Legislators Named Targets of Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

12 Democrat Legislators Named Targets of Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

Group that successfully recalled State Senator Josh Newman in 2018 over Gas Tax will now target 12 “Water Tax Weaklings” in State Senate and State Assembly

In 2018, State Senator Josh Newman was successfully recalled from office over his decision to cast the deciding vote on the controversial Gas Tax hike. In light of equally-controversial Water Tax being proposed in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget, Reform California announced it is targeting 12 state legislators (4 state Senators, 8 Assemblymembers) over the issue in an attempt to either block the Water Tax from being passed OR to use it as a wedge issue to defeat these legislators in the 2020 cycle.

“Sacramento politicians are hereby put on notice that if they vote to impose a costly and unfair Water Tax on California’s already-struggling working families they will face consequences at the ballot box,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California.

Targeted Members of the Assembly
Brian Maienschein
Sharon Quirk-Silva
Sabrina Cervantes
Tasha Horvath
Cottie Petrie-Norris
Jacqui Irwin
Christy Smith
James Ramos

Targeted State Senators
Richard Roth
Tom Umberg
Melissa Hurtado
Anna Caballero

These 12 legislators are seen as the most vulnerable members of the state legislature – and more importantly, if 3 State Senators or 7 Members of the Assembly announce their opposition to the Water Tax, it would effectively be killed as any tax hike requires a two-thirds vote in BOTH chambers to pass.

The Water Tax Weakling campaign will include 30-second ads, Facebook ads, text messaging and phone outreach, and storefront canvassing to reach more than 1.5 million high-propensity voters in each of the 12 districts held by the targeted legislators. Voters will be informed of their representative’s unacceptable position on the Water Tax and will be asked to sign a petition to oppose the Water Tax. Links to all campaign creative materials and the Water Tax Petition is at StopTheWaterTax.com

“For those who doubt the potency of an issue like the Water Tax, just ask former State Senator Josh Newman whose political career was ended after he voted for the Gas Tax hike,” DeMaio said. “This campaign to target 12 Water Tax Weaklings is just the beginning,” he concluded.

About Reform California: Formed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money.