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Poll: Newsom in lead for California governor, gas tax likely headed for repeal

Posted: 10:27 PM, Oct 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-19 01:43:53-04

We are less than three weeks away from Election Day, and a new poll shows which circles California voters are likely to fill in.

A new scientific poll conducted by Survey USA asked 22 questions online.

It found in the election for governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom leads Republican Jon Cox 52 to 35 percent. Roughly 14 percent of voters are undecided.

Incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein is ahead of Democratic challenger Kevin de León by 14 points.

Proposition 6, which would repeal fuel tax increases, leads by 2:1 margin.

Proposition 7, which would do away with Daylight Saving Time, is ahead by a nearly 3:1 margin.

Proposition 1, which would allow California to borrow money for veterans, also leads by a 3:1 margin.

Proposition 10 on rent control authority given to local government is trailing 46 to 35 percent. If this holds, rent-control would be administered at the state level.

Proposition 11, which would require paramedics to remain on call during breaks, is headed to a “yes” vote and leads by a 2:1 margin.

In San Luis Obispo County, the elections office is seeing a large amount of early activity.

“Voters seem to be very engaged with this election, not only as our registration count is showing, but even how quickly some of the ballots have been returned to us,” said Tommy Gong, County Clerk-Recorder.

The number of registered voters beat out the 2016 election. As of Wednesday, 169,422 residents are registered. That is likely to climb. Gong reported 125,000 ballots have been sent out with 11,200 returned.

The final day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 22.

You can read the entire survey here.