SACRAMENTO (AP/KCBS) – A new Field Poll finds that California voters have a favorable impression of Governor Jerry Brown after his first months in office, even though roughly two-thirds are pessimistic about the state’s direction.

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.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Comments:

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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Comments (3)
  1. Bob says:

    If he would get off his kick about asking for a vote for more taxes I would approve, I am republican, did not vote for him, appreciate cutting spending, but he only went halfway. How much money will be wasted in an election to see if we want more taxes. How about the media start polling to see how many people would be willing to pay more taxes. Then maybe he would get the clue to not waste any more money. If they do an election and it loses, which it likely would, cuts to education and police services will be even deeper. Give up and don’t waste any more money, we can’t afford the highest taxes in the country.

  2. bob in sj says:


    The people want a vote.

  3. the system sucks says:

    Get rid of a few 100 employees and hire back 100 employees on minimum wage with a bonus no more then $1,000 a month that should fix the budget, and maybe the get back on track that’s how it should be, why are us tax payers paying outrageous salaries they are not that special, they all want more money and less work.

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