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THE FIELD POLL
Thursday, December 5, 2013 BROWN'S JOB APPROVAL UP AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS. OVERWHELMINGLY PREFERRED SHOULD HE RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.
IMPORTANT: Contract for this service is subject to revocation if publication or broadcast takes place before release date or if contents are divulged to persons outside of subscriber staff prior to release time. (ISSN 0195-4520) By Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field Governor Jerry Brown is currently riding high in voter popularity. Nearly six in ten registered voters (58%) statewide approve of the job he is doing, with just 33% disapproving. This represents an increase of seven points in the Governor's approval rating since July. Brown has not indicated whether he will run again for governor next year. However, when listed in a field of four possible candidates in a simulated June open primary election, Brown is the overwhelming choice. In this setting, Brown receives 52% of the preferences, followed in order by former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado (11%), State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (9%), and former Assistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari (3%). Another 25% are undecided.
These are the findings from a new statewide
survey completed this week.
Brown's job performance
In March 2011, less than three months after Brown assumed office,
The Field Poll
found 48% of voters approving, 21% disapproving and a relatively large proportion (31%) having no opinion. Since that time more voters have formed an opinion of his performance. In the current survey the proportion of voters unable to rate Brown has declined to just 9%. At present, 58% of voters say they approve of the job Brown is doing as governor, his highest approval rating of his tenure, while one in three (33%) disapprove. More than three in four Democrats (78%) offer a positive evaluation of how Brown is handling his job and just 14% give a negative assessment. About six in ten Republicans (63%) disapprove of Brown’s performance, while 27% approve. Among independent voters 58% approve and 33% disapprove.