USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll September 2011 Shows Blue State California Opinions on Recovery

With the nation’s unemployment rate stuck around 9 percent, there are high stakes surrounding President Obama’s speech to the nation Thursday on jobs.

President Barack Obama has previously called for strategic government investments to stimulate the economy, but only 37% of California voters said they favor such an approach, , according to the survey sponsored by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and The Los Angeles Times.

The Republican opinion — that slashing government spending to restrain the deficit will better lead to prosperity — was preferred by 49% of survey respondents.

California unemployment is stuck at 12%.

Statements from Dan Schnur, Unruh Institute of Politics Director; Shane Goldmacher, Los Angles Times reporter; and Manuel Pastor, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity.

For the second year in a row, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is partnering with the Los Angeles Times for a public opinion poll about the state of California. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Shane Goldmacher, reporter with the Los Angeles Times Sacramento Bureau and Manuel Pastor, professor of American Studies and Ethnicity discuss how Californians feel about our current economy. Visit USC Dornsife Web site for more information: