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Field Poll: Lukewarm approval for Jerry Brown

Not quite a year into Jerry Brown’s gubernatorial tenure, 47 percent of California voters approve of his job performance while 36 percent disapprove, according to Field Poll results released today.

Brown’s numbers have wilted a bit since September, when 49 percent approved of his job performance and 32 percent disapproved. Unsurprisingly, his support remains strongest among Democrats; in Northern California and the Bay Area; and in households with union members.

Maybe the “top secret” special announcement he’s scheduled to make tomorrow at Universal Studios Hollywood – about something “that will bring hundreds of millions of dollars into California’s economy, help create jobs and support our tourism industry,” his press office says – will boost his numbers.

Or maybe not. Either way, Californians still like him a lot more than the Legislature: Only 22 percent of voters approve of the job lawmakers are doing, while 62 percent disapprove. And 68 percent of voters believe California is moving in the wrong direction.

Voters don’t like the automatic spending cuts provision in this year’s state budget, which could trigger as much as $2 billion in reductions to education and other programs as tax revenues fall short of estimates. By a 65 percent to 26 percent margin, voters across party lines think this was a bad idea, just as they did in September.

These results are based on a survey of 515 registered California voters conducted Nov. 15 through 27, with a 4.5-percentage-point margin of error.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.