Poll suggests new optimism for Gov. and state's future

Californians rewarding Jerry Brown with higher approval ratings following November election

POSTED: 08:41 AM PST Dec 06, 2012    UPDATED: 12:07 PM PST Dec 06, 2012 
Jerry Brown
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that Californians are rewarding Gov. Jerry Brown with a record high job-approval rating after he persuaded voters to back his November tax initiative. They also have renewed faith in the state's fiscal future.

The poll finds the Democratic governor's job approval has hit 48 percent after the passage of Proposition 30.

Nearly half of Californians surveyed by PPIC said they feel better about the state's budget situation because of Proposition 30 - a rate of optimism mirrors the sentiment before the recession hit California.

Still, a combined 94 percent of Californians still believe the state budget situation is a problem.

PPIC surveyed 2,001 California adults by landline and cellphone from Nov. 13-20. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points among all adults.