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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