According to new polling data, a clear majority of likely voters in San Francisco’s upcoming June recall election are planning to vote to oust radical liberal district attorney, Chesa Boudin, from office. Most likely, voters blame him directly for surging crime in the city.
A whopping 68% of respondents said they plan to vote to recall the district attorney, including 64% of Democrats, in what might be America’s most progressive city. He received a negative performance rating from 78% of respondents.
The poll conducted by EMC Research and funded by Safer SF Without Boudin found that 74% of voters have an unfavorable or strongly unfavorable opinion of Boudin.
Regarding specific crime problems, 61% said they are very concerned about car and home break-ins and 56% are now very concerned with public drug use. The city’s rising crime rates are blamed on Boudin by 61% of the respondents.
The pro-recall messaging that has been circulating in advance of the election is resonating with a majority of voters, with 71% saying that “catch and release” policies are leading to criminals becoming more brazen in the city.
The responses to the poll have supporters of Boudin’s recall like David Perry saying the district attorney is “toast.” Meanwhile, Boudin campaign spokesperson Julie Edwards says that the polling results are inconsistent with what his supporters are reporting in the community.
Edwards said that polling at this early date can be a “curiosity” rather than a reliable indicator of how an election might turn out.
While Boudin is likely counting on a result similar to the failed effort to recall Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom last year, the ouster of three progressive members of the San Francisco school board last month should be troubling to him. Over 70% of voters moved to recall the school board members over placing social justice above the cities financial issues and getting schools opened after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boudin was elected as district attorney in the city after previously serving as a public defender. He ran on promises to oppose mass incarceration and to end prosecution of what he called “victimless crimes,” like drug trafficking, public drug use and prostitution.
Since Boudin’s election as district attorney, the city has seen skyrocketing rates of drug overdoses, homelessness, shoplifting, burglaries and hate crimes against Asian residents.