At what point can we pronounce the state legislature an utter failure? A new PPIC poll shows that California voters give Sacramento an abysmal 10 percent approval rating.
To put that into perspective, more people think that the sun revolves around the earth than think that state legislators are doing a good job.
Congress fares slightly better, with a 26 percent approval rating, according to the poll, which indicates increased voter pessimism around the country.
President Obama's approval rating is down 17 points from its high in May 2009; it now stands at 49 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove. He's more popular in California--55 percent of Golden State likely voters approve of his job performance.
Almost all Californians think the country is in a recession, and about two-thirds are worried about making their next rent or mortgage payment.
Although Democrats outnumber Republicans in California, only 45 percent of likely voters think Congress should remain in Democratic hands; 43 percent want to see control shifted to the Republicans.
Overall, it's still shaping up to be a historic election for Republicans, but they aren't there yet. While Fiorina is gaining on Boxer, the PPIC poll shows that Whitman is falling behind Brown. A conflicting poll by the Republican Governor's Association shows a dead heat.