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Poll: Governor’s Approval 49%, Legislature 20%

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 6:32am

About half of California voters are pleased with Governor Jerry Brown’s job performance, but they’re not so thrilled with one way state lawmakers balanced the budget. That’s the finding of a new Field Poll.

According to the latest survey, 49 percent of California voters approve of Brown’s performance. That’s up just a few points from June. 32 percent currently disapprove.

Last week when Brown was asked about President Obama’s falling approval rating in California, the Governor said it’s a rough environment for all elected officials. “It’s tough out there and one thing you know as a politician: When people feel bad about the country, they’re going to feel bad about you,” said Brown. “That’s the nature of the business we’re in.”

The Governor fares far better than the legislature, which received an approval rating of 20 percent. The Field Poll also asked voters how they felt about a set of automatic “trigger cuts” to schools and health care if state revenues fall short. Two thirds said it was a bad idea.

The poll was conducted earlier this month.

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