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Field Poll: 9 of 10 say California's economy is in bad shape

September 27, 2011 |  8:47 am

Consumer confidence low 
Californians may not be able to agree on the best way to balance the state's budget, but they overwhelmingly agree that the state'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.

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Photo: A shopper this month in Mountain View, Calif. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

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