Field Poll

Jerry Brown receives high marks from California Democrats for his job as governor, but nearly half say they don’t want him to run for president.

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
October 11, 2015

  • Democratic voters oppose governor getting into race 48 percent to 39 percent
  • Brown has repeatedly said he is not running for president
  • There is precedent for in-state voters opposing their governor running

Jerry Brown isn’t running for president. If he were, he’d have this humbling incongruity to consider: While California Democrats overwhelmingly approve of the job Brown is doing as governor, they don’t tend to see him as presidential material.

Just 39 percent of likely voters in California’s Democratic primary react positively to the idea of Brown running for president, according to a Field Poll released Monday.

Forty-eight percent think it would be a bad thing if he ran.

This is despite Brown’s 73 percent approval rating among California Democrats and 56 percent approval from registered voters overall.

The poll comes amid ongoing cogitations – mostly positive and mostly from outside California – on the prospect of a late entry by Brown into the presidential campaign. Points in Brown’s favor are California’s improving financial condition, the governor’s in-state popularity and stumbles by the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Washington Post carried a blog item last month titled, “The case for Jerry Brown to run for president.”

The reaction in California? Meh.

“They don’t really want Brown to change jobs,” poll director Mark DiCamillo said.

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