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Poll: Voters give California lawmakers higher marks despite scandals
Poll: Voters give California lawmakers higher marks despite scandals

California voters gave the state Legislature its highest marks in years despite a recent spate of political scandals that could put three Democratic lawmakers behind bars, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Respondents were evenly split on lawmakers' performance, with 41% giving them a passing grade and 40% saying they were failing. But those assessments were a significant improvement on the dismal 20% approval rating the Legislature earned five years ago, while wallowing in deficits and budget stalemates at the height of the recession. Even as recently as March of last year, only 30% of voters said the Legislature was doing a good job, while 47% disapproved....

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