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Gov. Jerry Brown's approval rating climbs to high of 59%, poll finds

SACRAMENTO -- Nearly 60% of registered voters approve of Gov. Jerry Brown's job performance, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Field Poll found that Brown has a 59% approval rating among registered voters -- the highest marks the poll has found for the governor in this current term. Of those surveyed, 32% disapproved of the governor, while 9% of respondents had no opinion.

The poll provides good news for Brown's reelection bid: 57% of voters said they would support the governor if the June primary election were held now. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks came in second with 17%.

Among other Republican contenders, Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount and former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari received the support of 3% and 2%, respectively, of the voters. 

Overall, 20% of voters are undecided in the June primary; that is even more pronounced among Republicans, 38% of whom have no opinion on the four main candidates.

Among likely voters, Brown has a 61% favorable rating and 35% unfavorable. Donnelly's ratings are more split: 26% of likely voters view him positively and 24% negatively, while 50% have no opinion.

The other Republican candidates are even more unknown to voters: 64% have no opinion of Kashkari and 71% hold no views on Blount.

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melanie.mason@latimes.com

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