SACRAMENTO – 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!
Share on Facebook First published on Fri 25 Apr 2008 21.18 EDT Andy Hunter Share on Pinterest Crunch time for Crouch and co Rafael Benítez has told Liverpool’s fringe players they are fighting for their Anfield futures and a possible Champions League final place when they attempt to guarantee fourth place at Birmingham City today.The Liverpool manager will take no risks before next Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea and, with only one point required from three games to secure fourth place in the Premier League, is expected to rest the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard at St Andrew’s.John Arne Riise may be given an immediate opportunity to recover from his calamitous own-goal at Anfield on Tuesday as Benítez looks to the Norwegian to cover for the three-week absence of the injured Fabio Aurelio. The game will also provide Riise, and the likes of Peter Crouch and Jermaine Pennant, with an opportunity to convince the Spanish manager they have a long-term future at Liverpool.Benítez said: “There are some players who know they need to show quality and they need to show character if they want to stay at a top club like Liverpool. That means the last few games are a challenge for them and they need to take what opportunities come their way. So whoever plays against Birmingham or Manchester City they have to play well. They may even have a chance to play in the final.”The Liverpool manager has courted criticism from managers of relegation-haunted clubs by resting key players before Champions League fixtures but, having drawn at Arsenal and beaten Fulham with makeshift teams recently, the improved strength of his squad has been made apparent.Liverpool’s power struggle between the club’s American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett will be one focus of a new inquiry into football by MPs. The all-party parliamentary football group is to launch an inquiry into English football and its governance and the Liverpool crisis is one of the areas it will target. The MPs plan to produce a report in the autumn. Share via Email Topics Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Fri 25 Apr 2008 21.18 EDT Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Liverpool Share on Messenger Shares00 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content