President Biden campaigns with Gov. Newsom
President Biden campaigns with Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom in Long Beach in 2021. Courtesy of the Newsom campaign

A new poll from UC Berkely finds California voters don’t want President Biden to seek another term and consider Gov. Gavin Newsom a top contender for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination.

The Berkeley IGS Poll released Friday found that 61% of voters oppose a second Biden term, and 25% of Democratic primary voters picked Newsom as either their first or second choice should Biden not run.

“Despite denials that he will become a candidate for president in 2024, Gov. Newsom emerges as one of the leading contenders in his home state should Biden not run,” according to the pollsters.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Vice President Kamala Harris tied for second choice among California Democratic voters at 18% each.

Donald Trump fared even worse than Biden, with 71% of voters polled opposing a third race by the former President. But among just Republican voters, who are a minority in the state, Trump is the 2-to-1 favorite.

The poll was conducted online in English and Spanish Aug. 9-15 among a random sample of 9,254 registered voters across California. 

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.