Brown maintains favorable standing

February 27, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown still has a favorable approval rating, according to a new Field Poll just released, but the state’s lawmaking body did not fare nearly as well.

Brown’s approval has slipped slightly from last year, but he still commands a 45 to 38 percent margin of acceptance by state voters. His reputation among men and women remains almost identical.

The legislature’s reputation is in tatters, as 66 percent of voters give it low marks, to 22 percent liking the way things are. Despite its sinking reputation,  the legislature should remain a full-time operation, said those polled, who rejected 45 to 39 percent the notion of a part-time body. That’s a closer margin, however, than in 2004, when 52 percent of those queried were opposed to the idea.

And by a solid two-thirds margin, voters believe the state is on the wrong track.

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One thing that Brown could do, that he is uniquely qualified to do, would be to work on changing the attitude of the legislature. We need people who are dedicated to helping the state of California, not their special interest groups. He could start with a few speeches about “loyalty ” to the state, and how Californians need to work together to further the California economy. Hopefully, with the idea that legislators need to concentrate on helping the state, instead of using the state as a cash register for their district, legislators would be coerced by public opinion to be more reasonable about spending the state’s money.

Of course, the best thing is to make the legislature part-time, but I don’t see Jerry Brown involved in doing that.

For the life of me I can’t understand WHY people think we still need a full time legislature. I can’t see anything that they do, that requires them to be there full time.

They don’t vote for anything important. They leave that up to propositions to do anything uncomfortable to their cushy seats.