Politics & Government

PPIC poll: Victories for Newsom, Feinstein; loss for gas tax repeal

Sen. Dianne Feinstein makes a point during her Oct. 12 visit with The Fresno Bee editorial board. She spoke on issues ranging from immigration to national budget to the political climate in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein makes a point during her Oct. 12 visit with The Fresno Bee editorial board. She spoke on issues ranging from immigration to national budget to the political climate in Washington, D.C. jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will become California’s 40th governor, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein will return for a fifth six-year term that could see her serve past her 91st birthday.

And, the effort to repeal the gas tax will fail.

That is what the latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California released Oct. 24 shows.

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome spoke for about 17 minutes and then asnwered questions for more than an hour at a gubernatorial campaign appearance at Tuolumne Hall in Fresno on Aug. 15. JUAN ESPARZA LOERA jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

With less than two weeks to the Nov. 6 election, the survey of 1,704 adult residents shows Newsom and Feinstein with double-digit leads over their opponents. Both are Democrats.

Newsom enjoys an 11-point advantage against Republican businessman John Cox in the race to succeed termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown, 49 percent to 38 percent, with 10 percent undecided.

Latinos favor the former San Francisco mayor, 65 percent to 23 percent.

In the Central Valley, Cox holds a 45 percent-44 percent edge.

U.S. Senate race

Feinstein, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, is favored by 43 percent of likely voters against fellow Democrat Kevin de León, who has the backing of 27 percent of likely voters.

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State Sen. Kevin de León answers a question at a Fresno Bee editorial board meeting in 2014. Daniel Casarez Vida Staff Photo

Fifty-one percent of Republicans said they will not cast a vote for the seat.

De León, the state Senator from Los Ángeles who recently served as that body’s leader, is trailing among Latinos, 34 percent to 45 percent.

In the Central Valley, Feinstein holds a 40 percent-to-27 percent advantage.

Feinstein’s lead was greater in July (46 percent to 24 percent).

Congressional races

The PPIC poll did not break individual races down, but the survey shows 55 percent of likely voters will vote or lean toward the Democratic candidate, while 37 percent would favor the Republican candidate.

Latinos lean toward a Democratic candidate by a 74 percent-to-19 percent margin.

Central Valley voters prefer a Democrat, 47 percent to 46 percent.

Sixty-three percent of Latino likely voters said their Congressional candidate should push back against the Trump administration by a 63 percent to 28 percent ratio. Among all voters, it was 48 percent push back and 45 percent work with.

Proposition 6 failing

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Fresno City Council President Esmeralda Soria spoke against Proposition 6 at an Oct. 10 press conference in Fresno. Soria said the city and other agencies need the money to pay for road repairs and traffic improvements. JUAN ESPARZA LOERA jesparza@vidaenelvalle.com

Congressional Republicans are on the losing end of a campaign to repeal the gas tax increase. The poll shows 48 percent of likely voters against such a move, while 41 percent support the repeal.

Democrats are 59 percent against the repeal, while Republicans are 53 percent for the repeal.

Central Valley voters are 56 percent against the repeal, which represents the highest support in the state.

Immigration policy

An overwhelming number of Californians oppose a border wall, 74 percent to 24 percent, as an immigration solution. Democrats are 90 percent against a wall, and Latinos are 88 percent against the idea.

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State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s efforts to build a border wall. DAVID MAUNG Agencia EFE

Republicans favor a border wall by 66 percent.

The border wall is also opposed by Asian Americans (86 percent) and African Americans (77 percent).

Asked if they favor or oppose state and local governments making their own policies and taking actions separate from the federal government to protect the rights of undocumented residents in California, 58 percent favor such efforts. Republicans are 76 percent against those moves.

Seventy percent of Latinos, 60 percent of Asian Americans and 56 percent of African Americans favor state and local efforts.

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