In free fall: Newsom's approval ratings are at all-time lows

The California governor's image has fallen 11 points since February, according to a survey by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.

California governor's approval ratings Gavin Newsom, they are locating at all-time lows as Democrat raises national profile by raising funds for President Joe Biden and delves into cultural battles with conservative politicians across the country, according to an extensive recent survey by the University of Berkeley and the newspaper Los Angeles Times.

According to the poll, Newsom's approval rating among California voters fell to 44% by the end of October, a resounding 11-point drop from February when his approval stood at a solid 55%.

In addition to the drop in approval, his disapproval within the same electoral group increased 10 percentage points since the beginning of the year, reaching 49%, the highest of his term according to the survey.

The negative numbers for the Democrat, furthermore, are manifested above all within his party's voters and undecided voters.

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Gavin Newsom approval rating chart. / David Lauter, Los Angeles Times

"He’s kind of taking on a new persona," Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley poll and a California pollster, said of Newsom. "He’s no longer just the governor of California. He’s a spokesperson for the national party and basically voters are being asked to react to that."

Dicamillo himself explained thatthe abrupt drop in the governor's popularity covered almost all categories of voters, including significant drops among the Democratic base and independents.

“Though Newsom still enjoys 66% approval from voters in his own party, his support from Democrats fell 16 points from February,” the study reads. “Now a quarter of Democrats disapprove of his performance compared with 12% earlier this year. The poll found similar dips among moderate and liberal voters.”

And Newsom has noticeably raised his profile at the national level, fighting with high-profile Republican governors such as Ron DeSantis (FL) and even flirting with a potential presidential candidacy as doubts grow about Biden's physical and mental fitness .

The Berkeley/LA Times poll, conducted in English and Spanish between Oct. 24 and Oct. 30, interviewed 6,342 registered voters in California, including a weighted subsample of 4,506 considered likely to participate in the March primary. The margin of error is between 2 and 2.5%.