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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters continue to harbor exceedingly negative views of the work conducted by Congress and, in a major development, feelings about their own House representatives have turned sour, according to the latest Field Poll.

With eight weeks to go before the general election, the survey found 75 percent of voters disapprove and 13 percent approve of Congress’ job performance. Golden State voters’ overall assessment differs little from the previous dozen polls dating back to 2010, and is consistent with national measures showing congressional representatives being viewed in low esteem.

However, voters’ opinions of their own representatives appear to have undergone a dramatic shift for the worse in the last few months, dropping to 40 percent disapproval, 36 percent approval and 24 percent no opinion. That’s down from an April poll that found 44 percent approved and 33 percent disapproved.

While the last measure was the first of its kind by the Field Poll, the Public Policy Institute of California has been gauging voter approval for their own representatives since May 2005, and never have more people disapproved than approved. Nationally, a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that for the first time in 25 years more Americans disapprove of the job their own member of Congress is doing. Approval stood at just 41 percent.

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