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Poll Shows Californians Not Happy with State Government

As the state budget impasse drags on, the public opinion of California lawmakers has plunged to a new low. Jenny O'Mara reports. The new Field Poll says only 15-percent of voters in the state approve

Poll Shows Californians Not Happy with State Government

As the state budget impasse drags on, the public opinion of California lawmakers has plunged to a new low. Jenny O'Mara reports.

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The new Field Poll says only 15-percent of voters in the state approve of the legislature's job performance. That's compared to 27-percent who felt that way-just back in July. It's the lowest approval rating ever recorded for the state legislature by the Field Poll over the past 25 years.

The survey shows more than 80-percent of voters say the state's $15-billion budget deficit is serious, as opposed to 58-percent who thought that back in December.

The poll shows budget proposals including tax increases proposed by the Governor and Democrats had support of just above 30-percent. That's compared to 19-percent who liked a plan by GOP lawmakers that relies more heavily on spending cuts.

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