Even in heavily Democratic California, President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has plummeted among voters, largely on his handling of the economy, according to a new Field Poll.
Though Obama is strongly favored to win California in his re-election bid next year, the poll suggests many Democrats may vote for him only begrudgingly, and it is yet another indication of weakening support nationwide.
“When you’re seeing vulnerability in a state like California, I think that really is ominous for his national standing,” Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo said.
For the first time since Obama took office in 2009, less than half of California voters – 46 percent – approve of the job he is doing, just two percentage points more than disapprove, according to the poll.
Obama’s decline has been quick and widespread: As little as three months ago, his approval rating in California was 54 percent. Since June, his rating has suffered double-digit percentage drops among Democrats, nonpartisans, Central Valley residents, men, African Americans, Asian Americans and voters over 65.
It has fallen nearly 20 points since Field’s post-inaugural measure in March 2009 had him at 65 percent approval.
Can you blame Californians?
The economy has been very poor for some time, the housing market is broken and businesses are moving out of state. Entitlements are breaking California’s budget and school teachers are being laid off or furloughed.
California is no longer a Golden State and President Obama’s teleprompter speeches are NO solution.