“During the past eight weeks, Forward Observer and Klink Campaigns tracked editorial endorsements (pro and con) from the top 20 California newspapers by circulation. These newspapers issued a total of 193 editorials for or against the 11 initiatives on the November 2018 ballot.
Overall, the recommendations of California’s leading newspapers generally aligned with the wishes of California voters. Voters agreed with the recommendations of a majority of leading newspapers on 8 of the 11 measures on the November 2018 ballot.
Editorial support continues to be a leading indicator of success at the ballot box. Each of the four measures on the 2018 ballot endorsed by a majority of leading newspapers was approved by the voters.
Of the seven initiatives opposed by a majority of leading newspapers, only two (Propositions 7 and 12), were approved by California voters.”