Poll: California Voters Back Brown — For Now

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A new poll shows California voters are willing to give Governor Jerry Brown a chance to turn around the state’s economic prospects, but that grace period isn’t likely to last forever.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports that after two months in office, Brown may have found some breathing room when it comes to public opinion.

The latest Field Poll shows voters by a 48-21 margin approve of Brown’s message and efforts to get the state budget and overall financial standing back on an even keel.

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However, with roughly two-thirds of the state’s electorate still pessimistic about the state’s direction, Brown’s future approval standing is anything but certain.

The survey released Tuesday shows 48 percent of registered voters approve of Brown’s initial performance as governor, while 21 percent disapprove and nearly one-third have no opinion. This is the Democrat’s third term, after serving from 1975 to 1983.

Democrats and independents view his performance favorably, while only 25 percent of Republicans approve.

Just 16 percent of voters approve of the Legislature’s performance, while 64 percent say California is on the wrong track.

The telephone survey of 898 registered voters was conducted Feb. 28 through March 14 and has a margin of sampling error of 3.4 percentage points.

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  • Karen

    The media is incredible. You are simply pawns of Jerry Brown. What exactly has he ever done for you? All I know is that Brown wants to tax us working Californians so that STATE EMPLOYEES can retire at age 50 and 90% of their salary. Brown acts in disagreement with laws we pass such as the death penalty. Brown fought the lethal injections so that they would expire which prevented their use. Voila – no death penalty. Brown is a joke and so is this survey. Not even 1000 people were posted and they were not paying higher taxes yet.

  • Joe

    Brown suck as a Governor and the LA times also suck as a news paper. whats next if I die will Brown tax my family as a death tax.


    People how many Billions of Dollars are sent to other Countries by Illegals that work and do not pay taxes. Thats Taxes on the money they earn here illegally. When they send money to their country why not charge them 20 to 25 percent for the money that the send without paying taxes on that money. That would be one way to make they pay into the system. I forgot what about the Federal taxes.

    • Karen

      El Pica. I want illegal aliens deported. They make less than minimum wage for the most part and get cadillac benefits.

  • Cheryl

    This telephone poll appears to be going on again right now – unfortunately the questions that are asked have responses that do not fit the comment. Whoever put this poll together should change the responses to fit. I was actually hung up on by the pollster because I questioned the responses.

  • Tom Winters

    Its amazing that the republican legislators can run on a promise to return government to the people and then oppose the idea of a ballot measure out of fear for how Californians may vote!

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