Obama popularity sinks in California

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A new poll shows almost as many Californians give President Barack Obama the thumbs down for his work as thumbs up.

A Field Poll released today shows a major drop in support for the president in one of the bluest states in the nation.

At the beginning of the president's second term, nearly two-thirds of Californians gave him a favorable performance rating — 62 percent. Now, just 45 percent approve. Obama's disapproval rating in the state rose to 43 percent.

The summer turned sour for the president in two areas in particular: Los Angeles County and the Central Valley. The president's popularity in both locations dropped 11 percentage points just since June. The more liberal San Francisco Bay area voters disliked him less: Obama's popularity dropped by 7 percent.

The rest of Southern California is more upbeat about the man in the White House. The Field Poll found the one place the president's popularity jumped was in the rest of Southern California outside of LA County. It wasn't much of a jump: 3 percent.

California, which has had a tough time bouncing back from the Great Recession, maintains a gloomy picture of the future. More than half — 51 percent — of California voters believe the U.S. is seriously off on the wrong track. Just one in three — 36 percent — feel the country is headed in the right direction.

The findings in this report are based on a Field Poll completed August 14-28, 2014 among 1,280 California registered voters. The margin for error is 3 percent. Phone interviews were conducted on landlines or cellphones in six languages and dialects — English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Vietnamese. 

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