(CNN) – Fewer than half of California voters approve of President Barack Obama's performance as president, according to a survey released Wednesday.
The Field Poll showed Obama with an approval rating below 50 percent for the first time since assuming office. Forty-six percent of Golden State voters said they supported the president, while 44 percent did not.
Obama received 54 percent support among registered voters in a June survey, down from 60 percent during the first year of his presidency.
Obama won the typically blue state with over 60 percent of the vote in 2008. California has voted for a Democratic president in the last five elections. George H.W. Bush was the last Republican presidential candidate to win the state in 1988 with 51 percent of the vote.
While Obama received a drop in all subgroups of the state's voting population, his handling of the economy was a significant contributor to the new figures. He garnered a 54 percent disapproval rate among California voters over the country's finances.
However, a majority of voters viewed him in a positive light, 55 percent to 41 percent, unsurprisingly divided along partisan lines.
The poll surveyed 1,001 registered voters in California between Sept. 1 and Sept. 12 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.