Voter satisfaction in California slips in new Field poll

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Six months ago, voters had their brightest outlook on California’s future in the past six years. That didn’t last long. A Field poll released Friday shows that voters now are evenly split over whether the state is headed in the right direction – an attitude fueled by growing frustration over what they believe is failed U.S. immigration policies and poorly performing schools. “People are dissatisfied with the whole state of the country and that affects their opinions toward California,” said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. The poll indicated that among those who have a dim view of California’s future, the largest proportion – 21percent – cited immigration issues, complaining that the border is not being properly controlled. Of voters expressing optimism, the largest percentage – again 21percent – cited their confidence in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leadership. The poll showed that 42percent of voters thought the state was headed in the right direction and 42percent said it was going in the wrong direction. A survey in March showed that 52percent believed the state was moving in the right direction with 38percent disagreeing. That was the most positive overall assessment since December 2001, prior to the state’s energy crisis and gubernatorial recall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more