Poll finds Californians are at odds with governor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Last month’s special election attracted voters who are pessimistic about the state’s future and its elected leaders, a new survey found.The poll, released Monday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, surveyed voters in the Nov. 8 special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The election drew about 7.9 million voters statewide, for a turnout of 50 percent.Voters rejected all eight initiatives that appeared on the ballot, including four championed directly by Schwarzenegger: Proposition 74, which would have lengthened the probationary period for teachers; Proposition 75, which would have required government unions to get permission from members to use their dues for politics; Proposition 76, a state spending cap; and Proposition 77, which would have stripped lawmakers of their power to draw political boundaries.Two competing prescription drug initiatives, a measure to re-regulate the state’s electric utilities and a proposal requiring doctors to notify the parents of minors seeking an abortion also went down in defeat.The survey found that most voters trudged to the polls unwillingly, believing the special election should not have taken place. Just 36 percent thought the contest was a good idea, while 60 percent did not.The poll found that by a margin of 68 percent to 23 percent, voters believe the state is heading in the wrong direction. Also, 56 percent disapprove of the job Schwarzenegger is doing as governor. Associated Presslast_img read more

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