Field Poll

By Annalise Mantz
amantz@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 – 8:37 am

California voters’ approval of President Barack Obama has plummeted to just over 50 percent, according to the Field Poll released Monday.

Obama’s approval rating fell from 62 to 52 percent since the last survey in February. Before this 10-point drop, the president’s numbers had climbed steadily since November 2011, when 48 percent of voters said they approved of the job he was doing.

Californians’ perceptions of Obama’s image remained positive, with 57 percent of voters saying they saw him in a favorable light. Nine percent of voters view Obama favorably but either have no opinion or disapprove of his job performance.

Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said disappointment with Obama seemed strongest among Democrats, women and voters under 40.

Obama’s approval rating dropped from 88 to 74 percent among Democrats, 68 to 53 percent among women, and 71 to 57 percent among voters ages 18 to 39.

“As you look at the subgroups of who changed their minds the most, they are primarily Democratic constituencies and constituencies that Obama has done extremely well with in the past,” DiCamillo said.

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