A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California finds overall that 30 percent of adults approve of the way President Trump is doing his job. But those numbers split sharply along party lines, with 72 percent of Republicans approving of the new president and 82 percent of Democrats disapproving.
The results demonstrate the state’s diversity, said PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare.
“Being not just geographically large but large in population, we’re a state that has a lot of unique and different political views within it that are represented," he said.
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled state Legislature seem to be faring well. The PPIC poll finds 62 percent of Californians approve of the job Brown’s doing — that’s the highest ever recorded by the survey. The Legislature’s approval rating is 57 percent, its highest point since 2001. However, there are deep partisan divides on that issue as well, with Republicans tending to disapprove of both.
Baldassare says much of the goodwill being shown toward the governor and Legislature is likely related to California's strong economy in recent years and the state spending money on programs people care about.