Governor Jerry Brown is now three months into the job at the State Capitol. According to a recent (Data collected: 3/25 – 3/27) and exclusive Action News Poll conducted by Survey USA… Brown’s popularity has slipped just a bit among Californians. However, the number is not as low as it was when he was merely a few weeks into the Governor’s office. The poll of 600 adults found 49% “approve” of the job Brown is currently doing… while 42% “disapprove”. In the previous Action News Poll conducted in late February, Brown’s popularity had shot up 9 points from January to 52% with 39% responding they “disapprove”. Both the current and previous surveys show 9% answered “not sure” when asked what they thought of the Governor’s job performance. The January poll had 15% answering “not sure”.
Action News Political Analyst Tony Capozzi believes Governor Brown’s slip in the poll reflects the public’s frustration with him not accomplishing a state budget deal with the Legislature. Capozzi says “People are pleased he’s working, but he’s not getting anywhere.”
The Governor remains unpopular here in the Central Valley… 49% of respondents “disapprove” of his job performance… 40% “approve”. Brown gets his highest marks in the Bay Area with an “approval” rating of 61%. When it comes to Party Affiliation… Democrats give him high marks and Republicans deliver the low grade. 53% of Independents “approve” of how he’s handling the job.
Political Analyst Capozzi says Brown’s poll numbers will go up once a resolution is reached on the budget. Capozzi believes the Governor will work better with Legislators than his predecessor because he truly understands the political workings of the Legislature… but Capozzi adds “It’s more difficult now than it was in the Seventies. There’s no more moderates now… only strong right wing or left wing.”
As for State Lawmakers… their unpopularity with the public continues. More than three-quarter… 76%… of those responding to the Action News Poll “disapprove” of the job they’re doing at the State Capitol and in their districts.