Californians — who gave Hillary Clinton a 4-million-vote margin over Donald Trump — disapprove of the job the new president is doing by a much wider margin that do Americans overall, according to the results of a new statewide survey conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) at UC Berkeley.
And by a greater than 5-3 margin, Californians believe that the changes in laws and policies that the Trump administration is proposing will negatively affect California overall and in many specific policy areas. The largest proportions of voters feel the state will be negatively affected in areas relating to the rights of minorities, the environment, health care, international trade and women’s rights.
Nevertheless, slightly more voters prefer that when state leaders disagree with the president they should try to work with him even if it means making compromises, rather than opposing him if it risks negative consequences and losses in federal funding.
Voters also oppose a proposed ballot initiative that seeks to have California declare its independence from the U.S. and become a separate country.
These are among the findings from the latest Berkeley IGS Poll conducted online among 1,000 registered voters statewide by YouGov. New polls will be released tomorrow and Thursday.