L.A. Times poll: Voters give Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown high marks

Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks before the California YMCA Model Legislature in Sacramento on Feb. 12. Brown’s approval rating from the state’s voters has continued to rise.
(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

California voters appear to be bullish on their state government, giving Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers their highest approval ratings in years, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Forty-two percent of respondents said they approved of the job done by state Legislature, while 39% disapproved. 

The results showed a significant turnaround for lawmakers, whose approval rating had plummeted to 18% in March 2010. Voter satisfaction has ticked upward in the years since; the new findings mark the first time in years that more Californians approve than disapprove of the Legislature’s performance.

Brown’s marks were even higher, with 64% of voters approving of his job performance, while 27% disapproved. That’s the highest approval rating for the governor since 2011; voter support of Brown has steadily climbed during his third and, now, fourth gubernatorial term.


The telephone poll of 1,505 registered voters, conducted for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and The Times, was conducted Feb. 18-24. The margin of error is 2.7 percentage points. 

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