It's the first time since the poll question was asked in 2007 that registered voters say they're doing better financially than they were the previous year.
The Field Poll’s annual assessment of the economic well-being of Californians shows 44 percent report being financially better off then they were last year, while 28 percent said they're worse off.
But, 53 percent said California's overall economy isn't doing so well.
One reason cited for the negative response is concern about jobs.
Nearly 64 percent believe jobs are difficult to find in their area. And 52 percent described unemployment in California as "very serious."
Improvements in personal financial well-being varied considerably by household income: Voters with incomes above 80-thousand-dollars were far more likely to report they're better off than voters earning 40-thousand-dollars or less.
The findings come from the latest statewide Field Poll completed last week.