New poll shows Gov. Gavin Newsom's approval rating

New poll shows Gov. Gavin Newsom's approval rating

A recently released survey shows how Californians think Gov. Gavin Newsom is doing in his first year in office.

The survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California found 44 percent approve of his leadership, while 32 percent disapprove.

KCRA 3 political analyst Kevin Riggs said the economy is the leading factor influencing those numbers.

"It's interesting because really the economy of California has been doing so well for so long. We heard Governor Brown last year say, 'We're overdue. Let's hold for a rainy day.' And to some degree, Governor Newsom has done the same in terms of the budget. He's been relatively restrained in terms of spending, even though spending has gone up, but clearly reflect fear about economic future," Riggs said.

The poll also asked people whether California will have good or bad times financially during the next 12 months. Half of those surveyed believe bad financial times are on the horizon, while 41 percent responded that they expect good financial times.