Campus Center Polls Residents
On Recall of Governor
From Dateline (September 11, 2003)
County residents are overwhelmingly in favor
of recalling Gov. Gray Davis, according to survey results released
in July by the university’s Center for Public Policy and the
Orange County Business Council.
Five hundred randomly selected households were interviewed prior
to state budget passage.
Of those respondents, 82 percent said they disapproved of Davis’
handling of the job of governor, and 78 disapproved of the way the
state legislature is operating. Additionally, 72 percent reported
that they would vote yes to remove Davis as governor. By political
party, 88 percent of registered Republicans and 52 percent of registered
Democrats polled stated that they would vote for the recall.
In a follow-up survey performed after the Oct. 7
special election was set, the center asked residents how they would
vote for Proposition 54, the Racial Privacy Initiative. In that
poll – released at the end of July – seven out of 10
individuals reported that they would vote to approve the measure.
Of those who would vote yes to remove Davis from office, 71 percent
said they also would vote yes on Prop. 54. Of those who would vote
against the recall, 64 percent would vote in support of the proposition.
The telephone survey was conducted by the university's
Social Science Research Center under the direction of Gregory Robinson.