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Poll: Half Of Californians Still Support Obama

Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new Field Poll finds that half of all Californians approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing, a sharp contrast with his lower approval ratings in the rest of the country.

But the poll released Tuesday also finds that 52 percent of Californians believe the country is on the wrong track and just 34 percent say it's on the right track. In November 2011, seven in 10 Californians said the country was on the wrong track.

Field Poll

Trend of Barack Obama’s job performance as president among California registered voters, March 2009 - June 2014.

Field says public opinion of Obama has remained steady in California over the last year. Half of those polled said they approve, 39 percent disapprove and 11 percent had no opinion.

Field surveyed 2,013 adults June 5-22. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | June 24, 2014 at 7:40 a.m. ― 6 months ago

I'm not sure why this article is implying job approval of the President is equivalent to whether the country is on the right direction.

I believe Obama is doing a good job overall, even though I disagree with certain things, but I also believe the country is headed in the WRONG direction.

Congress is doing a worse job than the President. They can't get anything done, and they are largely responsible for the poor direction we are headed.

The SCOTUS also plays a role, with terrible decision like citezens united that have turned us into a pay-for-play "democracy".

Other issues are those that have been lingering for decades, like the out of control prison industrial complex that is unlike any other nation on earth, a huge government prison industry that many Americans accept as normal even though it's anything but. Obama has taken small steps to address some of the issues here, but we need much, MUCH more and with this obstructionist congress and our political structure, it's impossible.

Despite being attacked, demeaned, and bombarded by lies and ignorance, Obama was still able bring tangible health care reform to reality.

While not perfect, the ACA is a start on the right track to bringing healthcare to all.

This was a major accomplishment, something leaders have been trying to accomplish for decades, and I firmly think this will place Mr, Obama as very favorable in a historical context.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 24, 2014 at 7:46 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Notice how Republicans were laser-focused on attacking the ACA right up to its roll-out.

Now, the technical issues are largely fixed and the ACA is WORKING.

You hardly hear Republicans even mention it anymore - they have moved on the Benghazi 24 hours a day.

All the energy, hype, time, money spent by a lazy, irresponsible congress working almost single-issue focused on trying to repeal healthcare reform that is and was never going to be repealed, and is actually WORKING.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 24, 2014 at 7:51 a.m. ― 6 months ago

Run a poll for Congress - I bet they poll at the same levels as sexually violent predators, toe fungus, and rabies.

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benz72 | June 24, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. ― 6 months ago

PDSD "Run a poll for Congress - I bet they poll at the same levels as sexually violent predators, toe fungus, and rabies."

I would bet that way as well, but half of us think those idiots are way too far to the left and half of us think those idiots are way too far to the right. As a group they mostly just stalemate each other... and in a way that isn't such a bad thing. If we can't agree on which way to move than we probably shouldn't be running in either direction.

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DeLaRick | June 24, 2014 at 10:09 a.m. ― 6 months ago

I'd be okay with the current Congressional stalemate if it weren't for the fact that California, New York and Texas support 40 out of the 50 states and have very little to show for it. Paltry, non-tax generating, inconsequential states get in the way of progress and make way too much noise.

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JeanMarc | June 24, 2014 at 10:19 a.m. ― 6 months ago

DeLaRick I guess they aren't so inconsequential if they can slow your leftist agenda :)

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CaliforniaDefender | June 24, 2014 at 10:46 a.m. ― 6 months ago

The poll confirms Obama's support is limited to LA and SF (no surprise). He is very unpopular everywhere else, including San Diego where he polls at paltry 39%.

The majority of Californians also believe the country is "seriously off on the wrong track."

So why do 50% approve of Obama? Racism. For instance, blacks gave him an 84% favorable rating. Policy and achievement? Who cares, he's black!

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 24, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. ― 6 months ago

CADefender, where are you getting your numbers for Obama polling at 39% in SD?

San Diegans voted for Obama over his challengers both times he ran.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 24, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. ― 6 months ago

Duck,

Page 5 of the Field Poll linked to this article. 39% approve, 50% disapprove. We're not talking votes, but current approval.

Clearly there are many San Diegans who are disaffected by Obama and regret voting for him.

This is something I suspected as San Diegans tend to be a bit more reflective, down to earth, and willing to admit flaws or past mistakes.

Those in LA and SF are more superficial, cover up mistakes (image is everything) , and tend to follow the herd.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 24, 2014 at 7:43 p.m. ― 6 months ago

CA Defender, San Diego isn't mentioned.

They give the numbers for LA County and the "rest of Southern California"

Rest of SoCal is misleading because San Diego, especially the city of San Diego, is more liberal than the rest of non-LA County San Diego.

This includes counties such as Orange County, Riverside, and Kern which all are more conservative than us.

There is no way that average is reflective of just our county when it contains all other southern CA counties except LA.

In fact, I think it's a pretty stupid way these people broke down the information, by assuming CA is LA, SF and then "everything else".

They should have done a result for each county.

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 24, 2014 at 7:51 p.m. ― 6 months ago

Correction to third sentence: ..than the rest of non-LA Southern California

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xwagner | June 25, 2014 at 8:19 a.m. ― 6 months ago

2,000 citizens? HALF support Obama? That sounds cherry-picked. Obama himself must marvel at what a lemon he's been. That Nobel Peace Prize must feel like the albatross from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by this time.

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