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Obama’s approval falls in California

By REUTERS
September 14, 2011

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Concern about the economy has pushed President Barack Obama‘s approval rating below 50 percent in California, a state assumed to be an easy win for him in next year’s presidential election.

Obama carried California in the 2008 election but Field Poll findings released on Wednesday show he is having trouble in the most populous U.S. state, where most disapprove of his handling of the economy and just 46 percent of registered voters now support his performance as president.

It is the first time since Obama took office that his approval rating has slipped below 50 percent in the poll, which

showed an 8 percentage point decline since June.

The percentage of California voters disinclined to re-elect Obama was 44 percent — compared with 40 percent in June and March — while 49 percent are inclined to vote for him next year, unchanged from June and March.

“Most would consider this a reliably blue (Democratic) state and if he’s having problems here it’s fairly ominous for his standing in the rest of the nation,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll.

The poll showed 54 percent of California voters disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy, compared with 40 percent who approve and 6 percent with no opinion.

The findings are based on a telephone survey conducted from September 1 to 12 of 1,001 registered voters. The estimated maximum sampling error for the survey’s results is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

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3 Responses to Obama’s approval falls in California

  1. Almandine

    September 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    (Post removed by editor because of copyright violation).

    • Almandine

      September 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Sorry Doug… thought the proper attribution was enough.

  2. Carl Nemo **==

    September 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    The way Obama has been conducting himself in office relative to the economy and his undying love affair for Wall Street and the center banks along with his continuation of waging tax revenue draining ‘wars’ in far off zones of engineered conflict; it’s no wonder that even Californians are disenchanted with this seeming centrist Republican wolf in Democratic sheeps clothing. He and his administration are a represenation of being held captive by duopolists posing as party members of either persuasion. They’ve roped us and we seemingly are the dopes…no?

    It won’t make a wit of difference as to who’s reelected or elected in November 2012. Either party won’t be satisfied until they’ve destroyed the Republic; all linked to their unquenchable thirst for evermore power and greed, consequences be damned!

    Carl Nemo **==