Gubernatorial debate on May 8: Determination of candidates

On March 8, 2018, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area announced “Decision 2018: The Race for Governor,” a debate among major candidates running for California governor, which will take place on Tuesday, May 8.

To determine the participating candidates for the May 8 debate, two polls were conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California and one poll was conducted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The results of those polls are detailed in the graph below.

No poll results were released during March 9 and April 16 by the Public Policy Institute of California, University of Southern California Dornsife and Los Angeles Times, University of California at Berkeley and Institute for Government Studies.

Based on the averages of the three statewide, independent polls conducted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Public Policy Institute of California, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and NBC Bay Area have invited candidates polling above five percent to participate in the May 8 debate. These candidates are Travis Allen, John Chiang, John Cox, Delaine Eastin, Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa.

California Statewide Poll Averages - March 9 to April 16, 2018*

Candidate

PPIC - 3/21/2018

PPIC - 4/11/2018

SVCF - 4/19/2018

AVERAGE

Travis Allen

10.00%

10.00%

8.90%

9.63%

John Chiang

6.00%

7.00%

9.00%

7.33%

John Cox

14.00%

15.00%

16.40%

15.13%

Delaine Eastin

5.00%

6.00%

5.10%

5.37%

Gavin Newsom

28.00%

26.00%

25.60%

26.53%

Antonio Villaraigosa

12.00%

13.00%

6.60%

10.53%

Other

1.00%

1.00%

1.90%

1.30%

Undecided

24.00%

22.00%

26.50%

24.17%

*Results include any independent statewide poll conducted from March 9 to April 16 by the Public Policy Institute of California, University of Southern California Dornsife and Los Angeles Times, University of California at Berkeley and Institute for Governmental Studies, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.