Field Poll

By Daniel Rothberg
drothberg@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 – 6:54 am

Fueled by partisan and geographic differences, satisfaction with the Legislature continued a downward swing that began after a state senator was arrested on corruption charges earlier this year, according to a Field Poll released Friday.

About a third of voters – 35 percent – approved of the job lawmakers are doing, while nearly half – 47 percent – disapproved.

Views of the Legislature were improving early this year but took a turn after Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, became the third Democratic lawmaker suspended in the wake of a political scandal.

The April poll, half of which was conducted before Yee’s arrest, showed 43 percent of voters satisfied with the Legislature’s performance. In the latest poll, approval fell eight points, to 35 percent.

Half of voters affiliated with the Democratic Party, which controls the Legislature, approve of the job lawmakers are doing, compared with only 18 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of independents.

The partisan divide, poll director Mark DiCamillo said, was likely reinforced by the passage of a budget this month that reflected several Democratic priorities.

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