A higher proportion of California voters – 42 percent – approve of the job the Legislature is doing than at any point in nearly eight years, according to a new Field Poll.
A majority of voters said lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown should spend unexpected increases in state revenue on K-12 education. About a third picked higher education for more money, while less than a third chose transportation, health care and other programs.
Half of voters now think the state is moving in the right direction, while 41 percent say it’s on the wrong track.
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From the pollster:
“This is one of the Legislature’s best job marks that the Field Poll has obtained in years. I think, obviously, the better economic times (are) contributing a great deal to this because of the fact that the state Legislature is considering ways of spending additional monies rather than ways of cutting back.”
“The results indicate that K-12 schools is the most popular, with 52 percent mentioning that. But, interestingly, higher education beats out four other categories as the next-highest priority for state spending increases.”
Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll director
From the field:
“They have taken a lot of the programs out of K-12 schools. Teachers have been spending their own money on supplies. They don’t even do field trips anymore. On health care, the costs have just gotten outrageous. I think it’s a balance between focusing on” policy and more money.
Marina Moreno, Manteca