On January 22, the Hoover Institution released the results from its second Golden State Poll. Like the first sampling last fall, this survey polled one thousand Californians on their financial well-being as well as their opinions on state leadership and top policy priorities Sacramento should address.
Among the findings, Gov. Jerry Brown has a net disapproval rating – 33 percent approve of the governor’s performance while 37 percent disapprove. California’s State Legislature fared worse: 21 percent approval versus 49 percent disapproval. Only one in four Californians endorsed Brown’s reelection, while 44 percent would prefer a replacement.
Only 25 percent of Californians think the Golden State should serve as a model for others, while four in ten Californians believe things in California have become worse compared to a year ago.
Economic issues are a foremost concern for Californians, with respondents listing strengthening the economy, improving the job situation, and balancing the state budget as the top-three priorities. The three topics that fared worst in the survey: dealing with global warming, strengthening gun laws, and continuing the state’s high-speed rail project.
Californians have not changed their views on the economic recovery since the first survey in September. Thirty-four percent of Californians said their families were worse off, financially, than a year ago, compared to 33 percent in September. Fifty percent of employed Californians are not confident of being able to find a new job in California in the next six months that pays as well as the one they currently have. This is down just five points from September.
- For more detailed analyses of the poll results, please see the Defining Ideas article "California's Economic Dissonance" by Hoover research fellow Carson Bruno.
- Visit Hoover’s California blog Eureka for an overview of the survey’s findings.
- To explore the poll directly, click here for the numbers and figures.
- Listen Listen to Hoover research fellows Lanhee Chen and Bill Whalen discuss the survey’s political implications.
- Read the press release relating to the second Golden State Poll.