Not so hopeful

New poll gauges Californians’ satisfaction with life

California residents are looking more with worry than with hope to the future, at least when it comes to a few key areas. A recent poll conducted by USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times asked California voters a number of questions related to their overall satisfaction with life and politics. A majority (63 percent) said they feel the country is headed in the wrong direction; a majority approves (27 percent) or strongly approves (28 percent) of President Obama's job so far; and 59 percent said they believe immigrants strengthen our society. The following shows how Californians—and those in the Central Valley specifically—feel based on the past few years of change.