Poll: Most Californians believe the state is headed in the wrong direction

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A new poll finds Californians pessimistic about the state of the state.

Our stumbling economy weighs heavily on California voters, many of whom believe we are headed in the wrong direction.

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) spoke to 2,000 likely voters and looked at everything from taxes to trains.

Despite recent signs of economic recovery, 84 percent believe the state is still in a recession. Six out of 10 expect more bad news next year and also believe the state is headed in the wrong direction.

"It really surprised me," says Mark Baldassare, CEO of the PPIC. "We are hearing a lot of good news about the state's economy, about the national economy. That doesn't seem to have filtered down to the average Californian and how they're viewing the economic situation."

To help raise money for schools, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a ballot measure that increases taxes on the rich. A slim majority, 52 percent, supports it. Forty percent said no.

Voters are also saying no to high-speed rail, about four years after they approved it.

Now, with the cost ballooning to $100 billion, 53 percent say they’re opposed to the idea.

Gay marriage continues to gain acceptance in the Golden State. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed approve of it.

And what’s a poll without a little presidential politics?

California voters remain solidly in the Obama camp, giving the president a 16 point edge over any Republican.

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