A new poll says an overwhelming majority of Californians — 78% — are worried that they might have to bear some of the costs for recent wildfires caused by downed utility lines. At the same time, many likely voters are giving Gov. Gavin Newsom a very mixed review for his handling of the PG&E bankruptcy and its aftermath.
The poll from the Public Policy Institute of California also finds a growing number of Californians suffering financial strain due to housing costs, and also finds support for legislative measures to address the state's shortage of affordable shelter.
On the subject of wildfires, the PPIC survey found that 41% of likely voters approve of Newsom's overall handling of wildfire prevention and response, with 27% disapproving and 32% saying they don't know.
At the same time, just 28% of likely voters approve of Newsom's handling of the PG&E bankruptcy, with 35% disapproving and 37% saying they're not sure.