Brown's sky high numbers
April 9th, 2014
11:28 AM ET
8 months ago

Brown's sky high numbers

(CNN) - Call it a belated birthday gift for Jerry Brown.

A new poll in California indicates that the Golden State governor's approval rating is soaring and that he's far ahead of his Republican challengers as he runs this year for an unprecedented fourth term in office. The Wednesday release of the Field Poll comes two days after Brown turned 76.

According to the survey, 59% of California voters approve of the job Brown's doing in Sacramento, his highest approval rating since returning to the governor's office at the start of 2011. Only 32% give Brown a thumbs down on his performance as governor.

The poll also indicates that 57% of likely voters in the state's June open primary back Brown, far ahead of any of the Democrat's three GOP challengers. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly's at 17%, with Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount at 3% and former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari at 2%. The top two finishers in the June primary, regardless of their political party, will face off in November's general election.

Brown served as California governor from 1974-1982, Oakland mayor from 1998-2006, California attorney general from 2006-2010, and was elected governor again four years ago.

In January, the governor said he wouldn't make another bid for the White House in 2016. Brown first ran for president in 1976 at age 38, winning a couple of primaries over eventual Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter. He ran again four years later, finishing far behind Carter and Sen. Ted Kennedy. In 1992, he launched a third campaign for the White House, winning a bunch of primaries and caucuses against eventual nominee Bill Clinton, whom he tangled with on the campaign trail.

The Field Poll was conducted March 18-April 5, with 1,000 registered voters in California questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • California • Jerry Brown • Polls
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. rs

    Surprise, people like government and politicians that work for them!

    April 9, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    The republican kindergarten cop should have never been governor.

    April 9, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    I have a friend in California, said CA economy is improving faster than expected. He is doing much better.

    April 9, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    He's doing a far better job than the "Governator." What a joke he was.

    April 9, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Congrats Governor....

    April 9, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    One can only shake one's head, at such folly.

    April 9, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Red state governors could learn from Brown. Imagine how good a republican governor feels when he gets to deny health care to the 5 million eligible for medcaid, instead of making government work for its citizens.

    April 9, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Dannytelevision

    Once again...California leads the nation...we rock!

    April 9, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Ekras

    You have to be kidding me. People out here are ready to revolt. Government services aren't running properly and they are letting dangerous criminals out on the street. Either this poll is flat out wrong, or they are doing an amazing brainwashing campaign in the north part of the state. I know in Socal he's nearly universally despised.

    April 9, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Flagship, NC

    Good for you Brown!
    Keep up the good work.

    April 9, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Id rather have a Brown then a Bush or a Clinton .

    America needs high speed rail , innovation and conservation !

    He would make a great VP.

    April 9, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Many in the GOP see laws like the paycheck fairness measure as an effort to help trial lawyers mount cases. "

    "One can only shake one's head, at such folly."

    True. Misplaced commas are indeed foolish.

    April 9, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @Ekras
    You have to be kidding me. People out here are ready to revolt. Government services aren't running properly and they are letting dangerous criminals out on the street. Either this poll is flat out wrong, or they are doing an amazing brainwashing campaign in the north part of the state. I know in Socal he's nearly universally despised.
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    If you don't like the numbers, just say they are made up.
    I bet you think all the bad data has been hidden away in Area 51.
    This is why arguing facts with conservatives has no purpose.

    April 9, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "One can only shake one's head, at such folly."

    True. Misplaced commas are indeed foolish.

    April 9, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Ekras

    You have to be kidding me. People out here are ready to revolt. Government services aren't running properly and they are letting dangerous criminals out on the street. Either this poll is flat out wrong, or they are doing an amazing brainwashing campaign in the north part of the state. I know in Socal he's nearly universally despised.
    --------------------–
    For the most part, the only "people out there ready to revolt" are the folks in red states being run by GOTP governors. Most of the anger seems to be concentrated mostly in those miserable red states. I'd be mad, too. Unfortunately, you've been bamboozled into believing that it is the folks in D.C. that are making your life miserable. When, in fact, it is the very people that you love to vote are the ones doing it to you so that they can line their pockets after you vote for them again.

    April 9, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    One can only shake one's head, at such folly.
    -------------------------------------------------
    What are you talking about?
    Don't answer that because nobody cares.

    April 9, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess solving problems, as opposed to creating them, will always make the Right angry.

    April 9, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Of course, CNN deliberately avoided providing any of the information, facts and data that show what a good job he's actually doing to help put the numbers in context.

    April 9, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Brown will win without breaking a sweat because Republicans make up less than 30 percent of registered voters. California Republicans are digging a deeper hole by making Tim Donnelly their leading candidate. Donnelly is an unapologetic founder of the Minuteman Movement in a blue state with a large and growing Hispanic population.

    April 9, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |