Campus: CSU Sacramento -- March 26, 2004
Survey: Government Town Embraces Governor, Feeling
Better About Economy
Five months after taking office, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
is enjoying strong popularity in the state’s capital city and
surrounding area, according to a survey by researchers at California
State University, Sacramento.
Fully 65 percent of Capital Region residents say they approve of the
way Schwarzenegger is handling his job, the survey found. That’s
10 percent higher than in the state as a whole, according to a survey
by the Public Policy Institute of California, and a reversal of the
24 percent approval Gov. Gray Davis had in the region last year.
The Legislature didn’t fare so well. The survey found that just
28 percent of Capital Region residents approve of the way Democrats
in the Legislature are handling their job and 33 percent of the way
Republicans in the Legislature are handling their job. That’s
lower than the state overall, which shows 36 percent approval for the
Legislature as a whole, according to the Public Policy Institute of
The survey also found Capital Region residents are optimistic about
the region’s economic future, despite its vulnerability to state
budget troubles and layoffs. Sixty percent say they’re optimistic
about the region’s economy, almost the same number who were pessimistic
about it last year.
The findings are from the third “Annual Survey of Public Opinion
and Life Quality in the Sacramento Region,” conducted by CSUS
sociology professor Amy Liu and more than 30 students. It covers El
Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.
The governor is enjoying his strongest support among Republicans (88
percent) and Caucasians (70 percent), according to the survey. Among
other racial groups, his support was 54 percent and it was 48 percent
among Democrats. Only in Yolo County (49 percent) was his approval less
On specific issues, the governor enjoyed his highest marks for his handling
of the economy (56 percent) and his lowest for public transportation
On the question of the economy, 60 percent believe the region will have
good times in the next year, while 32 percent believe there will be
bad times. That’s much higher than in the state overall, where
43 percent expect good economic times in the next year according to
the Public Policy Institute of California.
The survey included 1,003 randomly selected adults in the Capital Region
who were interviewed from Feb. 7 to March 2. The margin of error is
The full report is available from the news release at www.csus.edu/news.
Amy Liu is at (916) 278-7572. Media assistance is available from CSUS
public affairs at (916) 278-6156.