Despite a bipartisan water bond deal that inspired much congratulatory back-patting among lawmakers last month, approval of the scandal-racked California Legislature continues to fall this year.
In a new Field Poll, only 34 percent of voters said they approved of the job the Legislature is doing, down one percentage point from June and nine points from April.
The April poll marked a crucial turning point in public opinion. Half of the poll was conducted before the arrest of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, on corruption charges, and it showed growing confidence in lawmakers, with respondents expressing net satisfaction for the first time in more than a decade. After his arrest, approval swung nine points in the other direction and has trended down ever since.
A consolation for the Legislature: Voter disapproval also fell in the latest poll, to 42 percent from 47 percent.