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Voters still sour on state’s economy, new Times/USC Dornsife poll finds

April 22, 2011 |  2:43 pm

California voters may have a new governor, but they remain pessimistic about the economy and the direction the state is headed, according to a new Times/USC Dornsife poll.

Less than a third of voters surveyed, 29%, said they believe the economy is starting to improve, with 39% predicting that things will get worse and 28% saying the economy has bottomed out but isn’t getting better.

“A very negative mood in the state continues despite new leadership,” said Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, which co-directed the bipartisan survey.

Only 19% of respondents said the state is going in the right direction, compared with 70% who said things are pretty seriously on the wrong track. More than two thirds, 68%, said they are “disappointed,” “angry,” or “uncertain” about California’s direction.

State policies and economic conditions have created a poor jobs climate here, discouraging businesses from locating in California or expanding here, voters said by a margin of 50% to 37%.

The Times will publish more findings in the coming days.

The Los Angeles Times/USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences poll included 1,503 registered voters polled from April 7 to 17. It was conducted by two companies based in the Washington, D.C., area: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a Democratic firm, and American Viewpoint, a Republican firm. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.53 percentage points. 

 -- Evan Halper in Sacramento

 

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