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Newsom, Feinstein Retain Large Leads In Latest Poll, Support For Rent Control Drops

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The frontrunners in the California governor and U.S. Senate races continue to hold commanding leads among likely voters in the November 6 election. Meanwhile, support for rent control is lagging.

A new Public Policy Institute of California poll has Democratic Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom leading Republican businessman John Cox 49 percent to 38 percent in the race for governor. And Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is ahead of Democratic State Senator Kevin de Leon 43 percent to 27 percent.

"It's interesting that we see John Cox with 38 percent support, and in our state we also see President Trump with 39 percent approval rating," said PPIC's Mark Baldassare. "And there's a big correlation between the votes for John Cox and approval of Donald Trump."

In the Senate race, Feinstein's lead has stayed consistent even as she has played a prominent role in the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

"Despite all of the attention around the Senate confirmation hearings of the U.S. Supreme Court justice and the controversies around that, it hasn't had much of an impact on Dianne Feinstein's support," Baldassare said.

Baldassare said the biggest change in the poll was a drop in support for Proposition 10, which would broaden the authority of local governments to enact rent control. He said 60 percent of likely voters would vote no, up from 48 percent in September.

"I'm very surprised about what happened with Proposition 10," Baldassare said. "In our poll, 66 percent of likely voters say that housing affordability is a big problem, but this has not translated into a majority saying they would support rent control."

The poll also found only 41 percent of the people surveyed would vote yes on Proposition 6, the measure repealing the fuel taxes and vehicle fees enacted last year for road repairs.

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