LOS ANGELES — In a development many say harbingers ill for US Democrats everywhere in the midterm elections, President Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California.
A statewide Field Poll, released Tuesday, found that nearly as many Californians disapprove of the president’s job performance (43 percent) as approve (45 percent).
“This reading is the poorest appraisal of the job performance that Obama has received of his presidency and is in sharp contrast to the 62 percent favorable perception that California voters had of him at the beginning of his second term,” say pollsters Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field.
“Most of the recent decline in the president’s approval ratings has occurred among subgroups of voters who had been among Obama’s strongest supporters in prior polls,” they add.
“Does the GOP – in blue California – actually pick up a seat or two in the state's congressional delegation? Totally possible. Indeed likely,” says David McCuan, a political scientist at Sonoma State University.
"The president’s waning popularity overall ... portends a tough day in November for Democrats," he adds.
Some analysts say that it has been Obama’s handling of Ukraine, and the Islamic State (IS) that have led to the recent slide.