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Field Poll: Californians continue to take dim view of Congress

Less than a fifth of California voters approve of Congress’ job performance.

California Democrats and no-party preference residents think little of congressional Republicans’ job performance. Even among the state’s Republicans, only 40 percent approve of their party’s performance in Congress, compared to 47 percent who disapprove.

By comparison, 53 percent of Democrats approve of the job that congressional Democrats are doing, the survey found.

From the pollster

▪ “Until we start seeing some change among Republicans, we shouldn’t expect to see changes in the overall job performance of Congress.”

▪ Compared to January 2010, “Democrats, when they controlled Congress, had a little better view of the performance of Congress than what we’re seeing now among Republicans.”

Mark DiCamillo, director, The Field Poll

From the field

“I think (Republicans) are going to try to turn things around … I think (the Keystone oil pipeline) would be good for California.”

– Ellen Aguilar, a 42-year-old stay-at-home mom from Lemoore. She is a registered Republican.

“When I was younger … it seemed like there was a lot more negotiation and compromise between the two parties. Now with both parties, it seems to be ‘our way or no way.’ ”

– Gene Hill, a 64-year-old truck driver from Redding. He is a registered Democrat.

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