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brownoaklandport.jpgDespite giving Gov. Jerry Brown a public approval rating of 55 percent, less than one-third of California voters say they are inclined to re-elect the Democratic governor next year, according to a new USC/Los Angeles Times poll.

Thirty-two percent of registered voters say they probably or definitely will vote for Brown, while 37 percent of voters say they probably or definitely vote for someone else, according to the poll.

The poll, released Monday, did not compare Brown to any potential Republican candidate in this heavily Democratic state. If it had, poll director Dan Schnur said in a release, "We probably would have seen significantly different results."

The poll comes a year before next year's gubernatorial general election. Brown has not yet said if he will run for a fourth term next year, but he is widely expected to.

The poll's findings differ from a measure conducted by the Field Poll in July. In that poll Brown showed a lower public approval rating, 51 percent, while a plurality of the electorate - 43 percent to 38 percent - was inclined to re-elect him.

PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at an event in Oakland on Nov. 1, 2013. Associated Press/Marcio Jose Sanchez


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