June 5, 2013

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Brown's Approval Hits New High As Voters See Improvement In CA Economy

By Chris Megerian

SACRAMENTO — Californians’ views on the economy continue to improve despite persistent misgivings about the state’s overall direction, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Forty-nine percent of registered voters said the economy is starting to improve, up 3 percentage points from the last poll in March. Just 26% said they expected the economy to worsen, down three points in the same time period.

However, 50% said the state remains on the wrong track.

“They might not be satisfied with where the state is right now, but they’re increasingly optimistic,” said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. “These voters are not discouraged or distraught like they were a few years ago.”

Gov. Jerry Brown is the beneficiary of voters’ better view of the economy, Schnur said. His job approval rating ticked up 1 percentage point to 50%, its highest level yet. Thirty-four percent said they disapproved of his performance.

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times poll canvassed 1,500 registered voters by telephone May 27-June 2. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

 

Read it at the Los Angeles Times here.