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Californians divided over state's direction, Field Poll finds

February 20, 2013|By Anthony York

SACRAMENTO -- Californians' optimism about the state's future is down slightly since September, but is still higher than it has been for most of the past decade, according to a new Field Poll.

The survey found that 48% of registered voters say California is heading in the right direction compared with 44% who believe the state is on the wrong track. That's down slightly from a September survey in which 52% of state voters said they were confident in the state's direction.

State voters give high marks to President Obama, whose approval ratings are higher than at any point since his first year in office. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said they approve of the job the president is doing.

Obama’s job rating reached a low point in September 2011, when the Field Poll put his approval rating at 46%.

California's view of Congress has also improved slightly, but is still generally negative. Just 23% of Californians surveyed said they approve of its performance. About three times as many -- 68% -- disapprove of the legislative body's performance.

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