Field Poll

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 12:00 am

Despite political fallout from his prisoner exchange, the unfolding scandal in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and growing unrest in the Middle East, President Barack Obama has maintained encouraging job ratings in California, where he’s buoyed by a scarcity of Republicans, according to the new Field Poll.

Half of California voters support the president’s job performance, with 39 percent disapproving. The figures released Tuesday contrast sharply with the nationwide average that shows 42 percent approving and 54 percent expressing an unfavorable opinion.

Obama’s approval rating here has held steady since dropping 10 percentage points – to 52 percent – over a five-month period ending last July. The record-high of 65 percent was approached only by a “second honeymoon” following his re-election two years ago, said Mark DiCamillo, the poll’s director.

While the bloom has worn off a bit, in only 2 of 19 surveys has Obama’s approval percentage fallen below 50 percent. That can largely be attributed to the Democratic Party’s strong advantage in registered voters as well as the state’s diverse ethnic composition.

“Here in California, you see the same very partisan views of Obama, but we just have more Democrats,” DiCamillo said. “You see white, non-Hispanics generally viewing him negatively, but that’s a smaller chunk of the public than in most other areas of the country because we have large numbers of Latinos, Asian Americans and African Americans, collectively. And it’s those voters that are much more positive about Obama.”

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