Over the past several decades, certain states have reliably supported a particular party and its leadership regardless of the political shifts occurring in more moderate regions of the U.S.
Aside from certain conservative enclaves, Californians have displayed such characteristics by voting overwhelmingly for Democrats in state and national elections. Despite the fact that Barack Obama enjoyed a healthy 63 percent approval rate in the Golden State as his second term began, a recent poll by the Field Research Corporation indicates that his current favorability is sagging dramatically in California as it is across the nation.
The Sacramento Bee indicates that his approval rating has dipped below 50 percent for the first time in three years and is virtually the same as his disapproval rate, which is hovering at around 43 percent.
Poll director Mark DiCamillo indicated that his popularity has taken a bigger dive in certain areas of the state than in others. In two of the state’s most left-leaning areas, Los Angeles County and the Bay Area, his approval rating is down 11 and 7 points, respectively.
Even among the state’s Democrats, more than three in 10 no longer approve of the job he is doing in D.C. While previous presidents have been able to count on core supporters late in their tenure, even as missteps had taken a toll on their overall popularity, DiCamillo explained that Obama has no such safety net – even among those who were once his most ardent defenders.
One such man, James Gay, is a two-time Obama voter who said his opinion has changed dramatically.
“I liked the man from the beginning,” he said, “but then as it went on, he kind of changed face.”
Complaining that Obama seemed to try to “please too many people in too many places,” Gay said he doesn’t believe the president remained true to his own convictions and plans for the country.
“He seems like he’s always on vacation,” he noted.
At this point, Gay said he is unsure whether he will even vote in future elections.
As this voter’s outlook suggests, DiCamillo noted that the backlash against Obama could have serious consequences for all Democrats running in the upcoming midterm election.
H/T: Business Insider
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