Californians are behind Governor Newsom’s moratorium on executions, but just barely. A poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies found they support his recent executive order by a 52% to 48% margin. Poll director Mark DiCamillo says there hasn’t been a lot of change since a constitutional amendment to abolish the death penalty failed at the ballot box in 2016.
The poll also found that 57% of Californians approve of the job Governor Newsom is doing. His support is strongest among Democrats, liberals, minority groups, younger voters, and women.