San Jose Mayor Held in High Esteem, President Trump Less So and Gubernatorial Candidates Ranked and Weighed in Santa Clara County Poll

SAN JOSE, CA – These days it could be said that California is playing a piece de resistance or spoiler role against the current federal administration’s approach to ideals and mores Californians hold dear. It also has many looking to the future as to who will be the next standard bearer as the state’s Governor.

Voters won’t cast their ballots until 2018 but the Silicon Valley Leadership Group took a sneak peek into the future with a recent poll in Santa Clara County and found some interesting results concerning possible gubernatorial candidates. As of May 3rd through the 9th, when the annual “Silicon Valley” poll was conducted, 81 percent of those polled said they’d heard of Gavin Newsom, 37 percent of Antonio Villaraigosa, 22 percent of John Chiang, the same for Eric Garcetti, 20 percent of Tom Steyer, 18 percent of Delaine Eastin and 13 percent of John Cox.

“Of course, these numbers are very early in the game when potential candidates are still courting donors and supporters, refining messages and massaging their strategy but it’s telling what potential voters know,” said President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

When asked the more direct question of who they would support for governor if given a choice, voters weighed in with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom leading the pack with 39 percent, Republican high-tech businessman John Cox a distant second at 16 percent and further still at third place was Democractic environmentalist and businessman Tom Steyer at six percent. Also lingering in single digits was Democratic former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at 5 percent, former State School Superintendent Delaine Eastin at 4 percent, Democratic State Treasurer John Chiang at 3 percent and Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at 2 percent.

Overwhelmingly but not surprisingly, given his local ties to San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom had a 49 percent favorability rating when folks were asked their opinion of the seven possible candidates. In second was former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with 13 percent followed by John Chiang, Tom Steyer and Delaine Eastin all tied for third with seven percent. Eric Garcetti and John Cox came in fourth and fifth respectively with six and three percent.

Now for the kicker, how is the President of the United States perceived in Silicon Valley and beyond? Well, given this is the Bay Area, his numbers were 21 favorable to 70 unfavorable, worse than a 3-1 ratio. Closer to home, San Jose first-term Mayor Sam Liccardo is held in high esteem ranking higher than any other local or regional elected official with a 45 percent favorability rating and a 15 percent unfavorable. This approaches a 3-1 favorable ratio. In his home city of San Jose, he is even stronger with a robust 55 percent favorable and only 19 percent unfavorable.

The 2017 Silicon Valley Leadership Group Annual “Silicon Valley” Poll was conducted by J. Moore Methods Inc. Public Opinion Research from May 3rd through May 9th and surveyed 600 registered voters in Santa Clara County with a +/- 2.6 percent margin of error.

Media Contact:
Kimberly Ellis, SVP Communications and Marketing
Kellis@svlg.org/(408) 501-7853

On June 30th, 2017, posted in: Press Releases by