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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 05:18 PM
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Jerry Brown's rating may be better than it looks
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Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 05:19 PM by alp227
Source: SF Chronicle

A new survey shows that Gov. Jerry Brown has the second-lowest first-year approval rating of any California governor in a half-century, "but that's as good as he could possibly hope for in a bad situation," said Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters being released today shows that 47 percent approve of Brown's performance, 36 percent disapprove and 17 percent had no opinion. Only former GOP Gov. Pete Wilson had a lower approval rating after his first year in office - 45 percent in a September 1991 Field Poll. The margin of error in today's poll is 4.5 percentage points.

Analysts say Brown inherited an intractable budget mess in Sacramento, a bleak economic climate and a Republican minority in the state Legislature that is steadfastly opposed to any tax increases.

The poll found that only 22 percent of the respondents approve of how members of the Legislature are doing their job - and that's more than twice as high as it was in September 2010.

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Brown's approval rating among independents was 48%.
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