Libtopian poll says Californians are on a real downer about their future

Bad news from Libtopia.

Losers in California are on a real downer about the state of national politics and regional housing affordability, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday.

They’re downcast about the direction of the nation, disapprove of the president and Congress, worry that someone they know will be deported, fear immigration law changes will hurt the California economy and believe that Russia tried to influence the presidential election.

“There’s lots to worry about if you’re a Californian.” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California, an independent, nonpartisan research group that conducted the poll of 1,707 adult residents from May 12 to 22.

Baldassare said the mood of the state’s populace has darkened noticeably since January.

“Compared to how Californians were feeling at the beginning of the year, there is a lot more negativity, a lot more pessimism,” he said. “Even about the economy, despite a lot of good news about the economy and jobs.”

The negativity, not coincidentally, coincides with the first four months of the Trump administration and the Republican Congress. Nearly two-thirds, or 65 percent, of those polled worry that the nation is headed the wrong way. Just 27 percent said they approve of the job Trump has done, and 26 percent endorse the work of Congress.

The sense of gloominess extends to the economy. Half of those surveyed fret that bad economic times lie ahead. Just 39 percent expect a good economy.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


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