UCI

2002 PPIC Statewide Survey: December 2002
Special Survey of Orange County
Public Policy Institute of California
in collaboration with the
University of California, Irvine

Press Release
Survey Methodology
Home

County Conditions
Most Important Problem
Regional Problems
Local Public Services
Local Government Ratings
Resident Satisfaction
Quality of Life

Public Policy
Infrastructure
Surface Transportation
Priorities and Funding
 
Funding Transportation Projects Through Local Sales Tax 
Measure M Sales Tax
The Great Park

Economic and Political Trends
Consumer Confidence
County Economy
Real Estate Market
Personal Finance
Economic Inequality
Approval Ratings of the Governor
Approval Ratings of the President

Appendices
2002 Survey
Survey Advisory Commitee

University of California, Irvine
© 2002 UC Regents

Approval Ratings of the Governor

Governor Gray Davis is not especially popular in Orange County today: 33 percent of the county's residents approve of his performance in office; 60 percent disapprove. In the November 2002 election, 35 percent of Orange county residents voted for Governor Davis, the incumbent Democrat, while 58 percent voted for his Republican challenger, Bill Simon. By comparison, in the October 2002 Statewide Survey, 52 percent of Californians approved and 43 percent disapproved of the governorís overall performance in office.

The governorís approval ratings are only marginally higher among Orange County residents when they are asked more specifically about his handling of jobs and the economy: 34 percent approve and 55 percent disapprove. By comparison, in the September 2002 Statewide Survey, 45 percent of Californians approved and 40 percent disapproved of his handling of economic issues.

In Orange County last year, Governor Davisí overall approval ratings were somewhat higher than they are today: 40 percent approved and 53 percent disapproved of his overall performance in office. However, residents were highly negative of his handling of the stateís electricity problem (31 percent approved and 63 percent disapproved of the may he managed this issue).

A major reason why Davis receives higher negative ratings in Orange County, compared to the state as a whole, is because of the partisan nature of the ratings. Orange County is more Republican than Democratic in voter registration, while the state as a whole is more Democratic than Republican. In Orange County, Republicans are highly negative in their ratings of Governor Davisí overall performance and his specific performance in handling the economy. However, a solid majority of independents hold negative views of Davis as well, and only about half of his fellow Democrats approve of his job performance. Compared to a year ago, Davisí overall approval ratings have declined across the political spectrum.

Latinos are more than twice as likely as whites to approve of Davisí handling of his job overall (53% to 25%) and with respect to economic issues (53% to 27%). Davisí approval ratings, both overall and on economic issues, decline with age, education, homeownership, and income. South County residents are less likely than North County residents to approve of the job Davis is doing, both overall (27% to 36%) and on the economy (28% to 36%).

All
Adults

Party Registration

Democrat

Republican

Independent

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Gray Davis is handling his job as governor?

Approve

33%

47%

14%

33%

Disapprove

60

46

81

62

Donít know

7

7

5

5

Do you approve or disapprove of the way that Governor Davis is handling the issue of jobs and the economy in California?

Approve

34%

47%

17%

33%

Disapprove

55

42

73

57

Donít know

11

11

10

10