Field Poll

By Christopher Cadelago
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 – 7:55 am

Even in deep blue California, disapproval of Democratic President Barack Obama is rising and voters are souring on the country’s prospects, according to a new Field Poll.

Although 51 percent of California voters approve of the president’s performance, 43 percent disapprove, an increase of 8 percentage points since July.

At the time, a larger share of voters reported having “no opinion.” In a period marked by the federal government shutdown and the troubled launch of the new federal health care system, many of the undecideds appear to have shifted into the disapproval camp.

The survey also shows a dramatic worsening in voters’ views on the direction of the country: 33 percent believe the U.S. is moving in the right direction, while 55 percent feel it is on the wrong track. In February, 48 percent felt the country was turning a corner and 44 percent said it was heading the wrong way.

The economy and foreign policy – matters of grave importance to the nation – typically tend to sway voters’ views, said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll. The latest survey shows a large swing at a time of relative stability on economic and foreign policy issues.

“To me this is a much more deflating reflection of how people view the leadership of Obama,” DiCamillo said. “At the beginning of the year, after his re-election, they felt great. They are not feeling that way anymore. They think the country is moving in the wrong direction even with their Democrat in the White House.”

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