Field Poll: 9 of 10 say California's economy is in bad shape
According to a Field Poll released Tuesday, 91% of California voters say the Golden State's economy is experiencing "bad times." It’s the third year in a row that more than 90% of voters have depicted the state's economy in a negative light.
Only 5% of voters described the economy as enjoying good times, while 4% offered an in-between assessment.
The last time a majority of Californians gave a good assessment of the state’s economy was 2001. However, voters’ perceptions have improved somewhat over the last three years.
They took the dimmest view in 2009, when 96% of those surveyed said the state’s economy was bad and only 2% said it was good.
Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say times are bad -- 97% vs. 90%. Those with household income either above $100,000 a year or below $40,000 took a slightly more negative view than those in the middle.
According to the poll, most Californians don't see a light at the end of the tunnel yet. Just 26% of voters say the economy will improve in the next year and about the same proportion -- 25% -- expect their personal situation to improve.
-- Abby Sewell
Photo: A shopper this month in Mountain View, Calif. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press