Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Vice President Kamala Harris get low approval ratings in new poll
The latest UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll released Wednesday shows a drop in approval ratings for President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Alex Padilla.
The institute surveys Californians periodically on matters such as politics, public policy and public issues.
More respondents disapproved of the job President Joe Biden is doing than those who approve of the president's job performance. The number of respondents who approved decline from 59% last summer to 47% now. Similarly, Vice President Kamala Harris's disapproval rating was 46% with 38% approving of the job she is doing. California Senator Dianne Feinstein's approval rating were at an all time low of 30%.
Eric Schickler, co-director of the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, said there are multiple factors playing a role in the latest low ratings.
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"I think one thing is just the general bad environment for democrats, where we are seeing lower approval ratings for Joe Biden, for Kamala Harris, and that I think speaks to the general disaffection in the country's sense that things are on the wrong track," Schickler said. "What we're also seeing with Feinstein is a real kind of big decline among traditional, strong democratic constituents. So individuals who identify as very liberal — people in the Bay Area, people in L.A. County, and I think that reflects a sense that the senator has become less affective over time, and is also probably a little bit more moderate than many democrats in the state."
Schickler joined KPBS Midday Edition to talk about what this latest poll found
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