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New statewide poll: California voters support Early Childhood Education Policies

Half of California’s likely voters (50.1%) continue to strongly support making quality early childhood education programs available for all children a top priority forCalifornia’s next governor, while 53.4% of likely voters say that paid family leave should beexpanded beyond the current six weeks, according to a statewide poll conducted by J. Wallin Opinion Research and Tulchin Research released today by SiliconValley Community Foundation’s Choose Children 2018 campaign.

The poll’s findings also revealed that California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom continues to leadthe field of gubernatorial hopefuls for the June 2018 primary, with 25.6% of likely voters saying they would vote for him, followed by businessman John Cox (16.4%), State Controller John Chiang (9.0%), Assemblyman Travis Allen (8.9%), former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (6.6%) and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin (5.1%). In a hypothetical general election match-up, Newsom leads Cox 42.0% to 32.2%, and Villaraigosa 38.3% to 20.5%, with 41.3% undecided.

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