Capitol Alert: AM Alert: Voter approval of Legislature trending down again
06/27/2014 6:09 AM
06/27/2014 6:18 AM
A steady increase in the Legislature's approval rating over the past two years sharply reversed course this spring, a new Field Poll shows.
Only 35 percent of California voters now view the Legislature favorably, down 8 percentage points from early April. Disapproval ticked up slightly to 47 percent.
Respondents in the April poll almost showed net satisfaction with the Legislature for the first time in over 13 years, marking a huge comeback from the depths of 2010, when fraught budget deliberations nearly pushed lawmakers into single-digit approval.
Then came the news of the corruption scandal involving state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, which immediately swung voter opinion back into the negative. It has continued to slide.
There remains a large partisan divide in views of the Democrat-controlled Legislature, however. Half of Democrats approve of the job lawmakers are doing, while 68 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independent voters disapprove.
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