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CBS 5 Poll: California’s Democratic Leaders Lack Majority Approval Ratings

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Jerry Brown speaks to supporters during a rally at the California Democratic Convention 2007 in San Diego. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Jerry Brown speaks to supporters during a rally at the California Democratic Convention 2007 in San Diego. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — California’s top elected Democratic officials all lack majority approval ratings, according to a new KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll of the state’s voters that was released Tuesday.

Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer all failed to cross the 50% approval threshold in the poll conducted for CBS 5 by the firm SurveyUSA. President Barack Obama did manage to garner a 51% approval rating in the poll, but that is down four percentage points from a prior CBS 5 poll three months ago.

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It was not immediately clear from the polling data whether the low approval numbers in the traditionally blue state of California suggest specific dissatisfaction with Democrats or a more general dissatisfaction with both the state and federal government.

Brown, who is grappling with a state budget crisis and has threatened more cutbacks if voters reject a tax measure on the November ballot, received a 44% approval rating in this latest CBS 5 poll – with 47% expressing disapproval.

Boxer, the state’s junior senator who won a tough re-election bid in 2010, had a similar story to Brown’s – with more people disapproving of her performance (44%) than approving of it (38%).

For the senior senator Feinstein, although on this November’s ballot but not facing a major challenger, her situation was a bit different from either Brown or Boxer. The poll found a 46% plurality approved of her job performance, while 40% disapproved.

The CBS 5 poll surveyed 530 registered voters from July 13 to 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%.

(Copyright 2012 CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

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