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Almost every single Californian doesn’t like Caitlyn Jenner, damning polling finds

Emma Powys Maurice May 12, 2021
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Caitlyn Jenner in conversation at the Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange in 2017. (Getty/ Araya Doheny)

Caitlyn Jenner’s political career is off to a shockingly bad start as a new poll reveals that almost 95 per cent of Californians don’t like her.

Only six per cent of California voters said they would even consider voting for the controversial candidate, according to a new poll by UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies and the LA Times.

“There doesn’t seem to be a significant constituency for her candidacy,” pollster Mark DiCamillo told the LA Times.

Given that only 36 percent of California voters actually want to get rid of governor Newsom, none of the four prominent Republican candidates are generating much support among the overall electorate at this stage – but Jenner is the most unpopular of them all.

Former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and lawyer John Cox tied for first place with 22 per cent support each, while former representative Doug Ose was backed by 14 per cent of voters in the poll.

Meanwhile Jenner came in last at just 6 per cent.

“Even among Republicans, only 13 per cent say they’d be inclined to vote for her,” DiCamillo found. “It’s a very poor showing.”

As a celebrity candidate her campaign has drummed up plenty of national media attention, drawing comparisons to the last major celebrity governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Perhaps wanting to follow in his footsteps, Caitlyn Jenner has even hired a strategist who worked on Schwarzenegger’s successful campaign.

Unfortunately for her, the comparisons end there. Unlike Jenner, Schwarzenegger was supported by 31 per cent of voters even before he officially jumped into the race.

The opposition against her continues to grow on both sides of the political spectrum as Jenner appears to obfuscate her hardline Republican views with vacuous statements about inclusivity and “role models”.

She puzzled voters with another head-turning statement this week, claiming she never voted in the 2020 election because she “couldn’t get excited” about the dozen measures on the California ballot.

Instead of voting she opted to play golf instead, she claimed – perhaps not realising that Los Angeles County keeps a public record of all ballots cast, including hers.

“I didn’t even vote,” Caitlyn Jenner told CNN from her home in Malibu. “Out here in California, it’s like, why vote for a Republican president? It’s just not going to work. I mean, it’s overwhelming.”

Asked further if she voted on downticket races, she said she did not and suggested she didn’t participate at all.

A representative of the registrar’s office confirmed to Politico that this was a lie, as Caitlyn Jenner did indeed vote in the 2020 general election.

Her team declined to comment on the conflicting accounts, but Claremont McKenna College professor Jack Pitney, a former GOP campaign operative, offered a plausible explanation.

“This is not someone who is serious about public life. If she were, she would know there is record of who votes – and who doesn’t,” he said.

“She hasn’t said anything even remotely sensible. It’s a reality show, and she likes attention. This gets her attention. Mission accomplished.”

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