Barack Obama won more than 60 percent of the vote in California in both his presidential races. But now the respected 59-year-old Field Poll shows his approval rating in the Golden State falling to a record 44.5 percent low. As recently as January, 2013, Obama’s approval rating in the Field Poll was 62 percent.
The Sacramento Bee details the grim numbers:
Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, said the trend is ominous for Obama, because the latest declines come from his base.
Support among California Democrats dropped 8 percentage points to 68 percent over the last three months. Approval was down 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the Bay Area, usually liberal strongholds . . .
And without major progress on issues important to liberals, such as immigration reform, even Obama’s Democratic base is starting to wilt. “There’s very little, besides the health reform law, that he can actually hang his hat on,” DiCamillo added.
The disappointment with Obama cuts across ethnic lines. While he retains an 80 percent approval rating among blacks, only 47 percent of Latinos and 45 percent of Asians now approve of his job performance.
Most ominously for Democrats is DiCamillo’s conclusion about the mid-term elections.
“The opinions of likely voters in November are even more negative” than in the state as a whole, DiCamillo said. He noted that Obama’s unpopularity could impact Democrats in down-ticket races. Republicans are mounting strong challenges to four Democratic incumbent House members and trying to ensure Democrats don’t achieve a two-thirds majority in both houses of the legislature.