President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California, with nearly as many voters now disapproving of the job Obama is doing as approving.
Only 45 percent of California voters hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance, according to a new Field Poll released today, down five percentage points from June and dropping below 50 percent for the first time since late 2011. Disapproval climbed to 43 percent.
The latest decline is driven by dissastisfaction from Obama’s own base; support among California Democrats dropped eight percentage points to 68 percent over the last three months.
That could spell trouble for Democrats in downticket races this November. If Obama’s sinking popularity in California suppresses Democratic turnout and drives Republicans to the polls, it could help the national GOP’s efforts to win several hotly contested congressional seats in the state and hamper the California Democratic Party’s goal of maintaining its two-thirds supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature.