California Gov. Jerry Brown is riding a wave of popularity that has seen his approval rating soar by seven percent since July, according to a new survey.
The Field Poll reveals that nearly six out of 10, or 58 percent, of registered voters in the state approve of the job the Democrat is doing while just 33 percent gave him a negative assessment.
And 75-year-old Brown, who has not yet made a decision on whether he'll run for governor again next year, is the "overwhelming choice" for the position if he does indeed decide to go for another term.
Out of a field of four potential candidates, Brown received 52 percent of the vote, followed by former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado, a Republican, with 11 percent, Republican State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly with nine percent, and Assistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari with three percent. The other 25 percent were found to be undecided in the survey, which is conducted weekly.
A Field Poll in March 2011, less than three months after Brown took office, found that 48 percent of registered voters approved of the work he was doing while 21 percent disapproved, although 31 percent had no opinion either way.
The new study also showed that more than three out of every four Democrats (78 percent) are happy with his work while 14 percent gave him negative reviews. However, more than six out of 10 Republicans (63 percent) disapproved of his performance while 27 percent gave him positive marks. The results among independent voters showed that 58 percent approved and 33 percent disapproved.
Brown, who previously served as governor of California from 1975 to 1983, unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980, and 1992.
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