California Governor Recall Election:- 2021 – Introduction


The 2021 California gubernatorial recall election will be held on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021.

Exactly 3 weeks from today ( Tuesday 2021-August-24th ).



This is our first post.

On later posts will touch on how to register to vote.

Absentee Ballot.

Ensuring your votes count, etc.



California Burning

  1. Climate
    • Wildfires burn
    • Drought devastates California farms
  2. Utilities
    • Electricity
      • Utilities warn against too much electricity use.
  3. Medical
    • Hospital ICUs hold largely unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.
    • Even those who got vaccines now contemplate the prospect of a third shot


Election Date


Kim Bojórquez, Sacramento Bee


“Once the recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom qualified for the ballot, Democrats who control statewide offices had a choice.

They could delay the vote or speed it along. They chose to set an early recall election date and changed state law in order to do so in late June, reasoning that things were looking up as the state re-opened and COVID-19 rates declined.

Setting the date on Sept. 14 at the time appeared likely to coincide with the reopening of schools while avoiding the peak of California’s wildfire season.”

Approval Rating

Governor Gavin Newson

Governor Gavin Newson Approval Ratings from January 2019 to May 2021



The Berkeley Poll

  1. The Berkeley poll found that 90% of Republicans expressed a high interest in recall voting.
  2. Whereas, only 60% of Democrats expressed interest in recall voting

Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College in New York City


    1. Moving the election up to September 2021 was a “huge mistake” for the Newsom administration.
    2. He said the governor’s team could have taken advantage of extra time to mobilize supportive voters and increase fundraising efforts.
    3. Spivak, who studies recall elections, said mobilizing voters to participate is always a problem.
    4. “He’s got to make sure his voters come out,” Spivak said. “And that’s a challenge in recalls.”






Dates Pollster Likely Voters (LV)
Register Voters ( RV )
Result Net Result
2021-August-23rd thru August-25th Targoz Market Research LV Keep 52%, Remove 42% Keep +10
2021-August-20th thru August-29th Public Policy Institute of California LV Keep 58%, Remove 4 39% Keep +19
2021-August-26th thru August-29th Trafalgar Group LV Keep 52%, Remove 44% Keep +8
2021-August-20th thru August-22nd Redfield & Wilton Strategies LV Keep 51%, Remove 43% Keep +8
2021-August-20th thru August-22th Redfield & Wilton Strategies RV Keep 48%, Remove 41% Keep +7
2021-August-26th thru August-28th Survey USA LV Keep 51%, Remove 43% Keep +8
2021-August-22nd thru August-25th Change Research LV Keep 57%, Remove 42% Keep +15
2021-August-6th thru August-12th YouGov LV Keep 52%, Remove 48% Keep +4
2021-August-2nd thru August-4th Survey USA LV Keep 40%, Remove 51% Remove +11
2021 – July 30th thru August 1st Emerson College LV Keep 48%, Remove 46% Keep +3
2021 – July 27th thru July 29th Core Decision Analytics LV Keep 51%, Remove 44% Keep +7
2021 – July 27th thru July 29th Core Decision Analytics RV Keep 52%, Remove 41% Keep +11
July 18th – July 24th, 2021 University of California, Berkeley RV Keep 51%, Remove 36% Keep +15
July 18th – July 24th, 2021 University of California, Berkeley LV Keep 50%, Remove 47% Keep +3
July 18th – July 24th, 2021 Moore Information LV Keep 46%, Remove 49% Remove +3
July 18th – July 24th, 2021 Moore Information RV Keep 50%, Remove 44% Keep +6





Quick Points.

  1. Most Polls
    • Most of the Poll since Mid July 2021 show a tightening race
    • The gap is about 3 points favoring a keep
  2. Large Variance
    • Survey USA
      • Early August 2021
        • 10 Points gap favoring Remove
    • Change Research
      • Mid-June 2021
        • 15 Points gap favoring Keep



Polling Demographics

Emerson College

Emerson Polling


  1. Education
    • Education appears to impact voter attitudes toward the recall as respondents without a college degree were more in favor of the recall (54% recall/39% keep) than those with a college degree (36% recall/59% keep).
  2. Racial
    • Hispanics are the only racial group in favor of the recall (54% recall/41% keep),
    • White respondents were split (48% recall/49% keep).
    • Majorities of Black respondents favor keep (41% recall/57% keep)
    • Asian respondents (30% recall/49% keep) were in favor of keeping Newsom as Governor.
  3. Party Affiliation
    • Majorities of Republicans (80% recall/16% keep) and Independents (54% recall/ 34% keep) are in favor of the recall.
    • Democrats are largely in favor of keeping Newsom, but almost a quarter plan to vote to recall the Governor (23% recall/73% keep).
  4. Gender
    • Men are split (47% recall/47% keep)
    • Women are more in favor of keeping Newsom (44% recall/51% keep)
  5. A plurality of voters (40%) are unsure which candidate they will choose for the second ballot question, who should replace Gov. Newsom in the case of his recall.
  6. Candidates
    • Larry Elder
      • Leading the field of candidates is talk radio host Larry Elder, at 23%.
      • Since July’s poll, Elder has gained seven percentage points.
      • A plurality (44%) of Republicans and nearly a third (29%) of Independents are planning to vote for Elder.
      • A majority of Trump voters from 2020 (55%) are supporting Elder
    • John Cox
      • Businessman John Cox is at 7%
    • Caitlyn Jenner
      • TV Personality Caitlyn Jenner is at 7%
    • Kevin Kiley
      • California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley at 5%
    • Kevin Faulconer
      • Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at 4%
    • Kevin Paffrath
      • Social media influencer Kevin Paffrath at 1%.
  7. Thirteen percent (13%) of respondents reported that they plan to vote for someone else.



In any election, turnout is the most important element.

Who can turn out their voters?

This is especially true in midterm elections.



Policy and Politics


  1. Cal Matters ( CalMatters.Org )
    • Could Latino voters make the difference in whether Newsom survives California’s recall election?
      Authored :- Laurel Rosenhall
      Date Published:- 2021-August-11th


  1. Cal Matters ( CalMatters.Org )
    • Gov. Newsom needs democratic support for recall election | This week in California politics
      • Profile
        • CalMatters political expert Emiy Hoeven talks about what Gov. Newsom needs to win the recall election, mask mandates and other topics in California politics.
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel:- ABC 10
          Date Published:- 2021-August-11th
          Date Added:- 2021-August-25th

Election Polling

  1. FiveThirtyEight
    • Governor Recall
      • Governor Recall – California – Latest Polls
      • Latest Polls Of The California Recall Election
        Date Published:- 2021-August-18th
  2. Change Research
    • Newsom At 57% As Democrats’ Motivation To Vote In Recall Grows
      • 2021-August-6th
  3. Emerson College
    • Emerson Polling
      • Newsom Clings to Lead in Recall While Crime Becomes a Top Issue for CA Voters
  4. Moore Information Group
    • California Recall Survey Results
      • 2021-June-9th
  5. Redfield & Wilton Strategies
    • California Recall Election Voting Intention (20-22 August) – September 1, 2021
  6. Survey USA
    • Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #26046
      • Statewide, Majority of CA Voters Back Newsom Recall; YouTube’s “Meet Kevin” Paffrath, Radio’s Larry Elder Lead Pack of Potential Replacements
        Date Published:- 2021-August-4th
    • Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #26076
      • Young Voters Respect Their Elder … But Those Age 35+ Want Newsom to Remain CA Governor
        Date Published:- 2021-August-28th
  7. Trafalgar Group
    • California Recall Election Aug Survey
      • California Recall Election Aug Survey
        Date Published:- 2021-August-31st

How To Vote

  1. KXTV – ABC 10 ( Sacramento, CA )
    • How to vote in California’s recall election


Newspaper Coverage

  1. Sacramento Bee
    • Kim Bojórquez
      • Democrats sped up Gavin Newsom’s recall to avoid California crises. They’re happening anyway
    • Sophia Bollag
      • Larry Elder is the leader among California recall candidates. That might help Gavin Newsom
        Date Published:- 2021-August-21st
  2. Los Angeles Times
    • Before the California recall, Larry Elder’s charity failed

Online Web Site

  1. Politico
    • David Siders
      • Democrats sweat turnout disaster in California without Trump to run against
        Date Published:- 2021-August-21st
  2. Yahoo
    • Yahoo News
      • California GOP Recall Candidate Larry Elder Wanted To End Medicaid

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