Poll: Obama's drop out West
September 14th, 2011
11:35 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Obama's drop out West

(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.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. logic in LA

    We are frustrated! We are frustrated by the Presidents giving in to pressure from thugs on Capitol Hill. We are frustrated that He has not been more outspoken about the lies they spread about his proposals.
    BUT- will will abandon him- not for anyone running right now! Hopefully the rest of the country will realize he is still the best choice as of today.

    September 14, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Republican Robber Baron

    Yet for some reason even my swank elitist Red Congressional District with 2 to 1 majority of Republicans...still voted Obama in 2008 and beat McCain / Palin but large margin. Just a bunch of hype.

    September 14, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Woman In California

    Interesting. I work in the SF area and sometimes when I'm leaving in the evening – a (small group) of very young people will gather to portray the president as Hitler and sing songs against him. Do you know what people do? They pass by them as if they had the plague. They completely ignore them.

    It's true the president has made some mistakes. One thing was he underestimated the hatred he would endure and probably thought the (r)s would work more with him. He also should have started out getting the economy (jobs) in better shape first and then get the health care package. These things for sure were not carefully calculated but Californians are not stupid. They will NOT let (r)s come into their homes, businesses and lives again and FULLY destroy what they didn't in 2008. Those of you (Tea Party Mike, Four and The Door, etc.), don't get too excited as CA will go BLUE again and you can take that along with your fascists beliefs to the corporations you love so much.

    September 14, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    Most people, everywhere, that Obama is an incompetent, inept, union toady as well as lying and corrupt and are ready to boot this idiot to the ignominy he so deserves.

    September 14, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Fewer than half of California voters approve of President Barack Obama's performance as president, according to a survey released Wednesday.
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    It appears there may just be hope for this country when even the braindead left coast starts coming out of its Democrat induced coma. Obama and failure have become synonymous.

    September 14, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. m

    most people are sick of Obama!

    September 14, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Maggie

    In response to Woman in California....so even if the job market and the economy is as bad as it is today or even worse, you will feel right in your mind to vote for Obama in 2012? The only thing I can say then is that you drank too much kool-aid. If your future and your country's future means less to you than voting for Obama then you deserve to suffer more. Obama is destroying our country and if there is a good republican candidate who you know has the experience and leadership skills to help this country prosper again, you are saying that you would rather vote for Obama than that republican candidate. Sometimes I wonder about some of american people because they are conplaining about the hardship they are feeling and yet they are not willing to vote for someone who can do much better as president. You had better wake up before you find yourself in deeper despair if Obama stays in after 2012. Wish you luck my dear!!!!!!

    September 14, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. gt

    if he cant get over 50 % with those far left zealots... he is in deep deep trouble in the heart land...

    September 14, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. America`s Problem Isn`t in the Oval Office; It`s in the Capitol

    I don`t like the current state of affairs, but that hardly means I favor the GOP candidates over Barack Obama.

    Obama is smart, thoughtful, honest, well prepared, puts people before corporations, is strategic and works for the long term. All things I want in a president.

    On the topics where he hasn`t needed the Obstructionist Congress, The President has been quite successful. Therefore, I see the problem as the 60 T-Party zealots that are members of Congress plus Cantor, Boehner & McConnell.

    As someone who loves this country, I REFUSE to reward hostage takers. I refuse to re-elect the people that are not team players.

    I`m a true independent and I`m not blind. I`ve seen the unprincipled opposition that the President has been facing for 2.5 of his 2.6 years in office. I`m going to do what I can to give the man a team in Congress that will work for the good of the country and not their own selfish party interests.

    September 14, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Bashboosh

    American should wake up and DUMP repiblicans once and for all.

    September 14, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    This jobs bill Obama is trying to push is awful. It's like watching a losing gambler who thinks he has figured out Black Jack trying to open another credit card to do something heroic. All of the other credit cards are maxed out and his FICO score is downgraded, but just one or two wins and the hero will have us rolling in the dough.

    No thanks. I would prefer competent financial management to last ditch gambling on losing games.

    September 14, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. DA

    Perception is everything and the media along with the GOP is doing a great job on this President. I mean you have these folks with their buzz words "Obama is destroying our country" I mean REALLY!! People should really understand is that the economy is jacked up all over the world except for China and maybe Russia. There is no golden bullet that will fix the economy over night!!! Corporations are sitting on major money, but are use to the status quo of less and keeping more profit!! So @Maggie I guess you have to be sitting pretty rich given those comments of yours. LOL...Republican have an agenda and it is only to get the President out, they care nothing about you or getting you a job(that is if you need one), so your that kool-aid you are drinking you should spit out!!! The economy will be like this for a minute and any Republican telling you otherwise is lying to you and America!!

    September 14, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    He didn’t win California in primary Hillary won California

    If Hillary announce, she is running for office I bet Democrats, independents and republicans will vote for her

    September 14, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    It appears there may just be hope for this country when even the braindead left coast starts coming out of its Democrat induced coma. Obama and failure have become synonymous.
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    Don't forget. Republicans, the Tea Party and conservatives alike all poll lower than Democrats or President Obama.

    September 14, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. MTATL67

    It seems that people forget that there are three branches to the Government and heap all their woes and misery on the wrong branch because he stands alone unlike the mob of 435 and 100 and the group of 9. Holding the wrong branch accountable. I'm glad I paid attention in history and political science class in high school so I know who to hold accountable and this time it is not the executive branch.

    September 14, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    A Tea Party endorsement in 2012 will be like a George W Bush endorsement in 2008.

    September 14, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Hammerer

    What spin will the lefties put on this? NY9 was expected, so this is not Obama's fault. The Tea Party has infiltrated the polls in the west to the point that obama can not get fair treatment.
    I know that the obama teams will be spinning and spouting their talking points soon.

    September 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    If ANYBODY in this country should know and understand Democrat failure, it is the people of California. California is a financial disaster zone. The very same Democrat policies that caused it have been brought to Washington DC by the likes of Obama, Reid and Pelosi. It has taken the very real prospect of state bankruptcy and federal bankruptcy to get people all around the country to understand the end game of the Democrats failed policies. Bankruptcy is NOT what the American people want.

    September 14, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    To "Maggie" who responded the the "Woman in California".

    Our problems have been caused by 30+ years of Republican sanctioned policies. Total Debt was 175% of GDP in 1981; it`s 375% of GDP today [and that`s with RECORD SURPLUSES under Clinton].

    Ask any of the GOP candidates their solution and they all say the same thing; "tax cuts for job creators" which we know DOES NOT WORK. The past 10 years proves that. Moreover, most of them are only saying it because someone told them to. New solution? Original thinking? Not from that bunch.

    So, if you are willing to go back to what we know doesn`t work, what does that reveal about you?

    Obama isn`t the problem. Greed, short term focus, rewarding non-value added activity, and not holding Congress accountable are what we need to fix.

    September 14, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Kinda stunning. Well, not really.

    September 14, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:
    Kinda stunning. Well, not really.
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    What's stunning? Republicans and the Tea Party have lower poll numbers? Nope, not really.

    September 14, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Woman in California wrote:
    It's true the president has made some mistakes. One thing was he underestimated the hatred he would endure and probably thought the (r)s would work more with him. He also should have started out getting the economy (jobs) in better shape first and then get the health care package.
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    Don't let the conservative spin, twist your history. The legislations he passed were the auto bailouts and the ARRA, better known as the stimulus, in the first 100 days. THEN, he went to work on health care reform.

    September 14, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. DA

    @As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country
    Uh, have you looked at GM lately? Uh, the last I check GM and the rest of the American automakers were doing just fine. Oh and let us not forget how the GOP was ready to just let them fail. LOL!! Some of you folks are working 40hrs and have those good salaries because of UNIONS, so if you ask me you better learn to respect the UNIONS!!

    September 14, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Franco, FL

    Maggie and four and the door, in your right mind can u vote for a party that has done nothing, yesterday a study has shown that the rich is getting richer and the poor getting poorer, thanks to guys like u, that support wall street and the big corporations. Thanks to your guys we are going back words.

    September 14, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    America`s Problem Isn`t in the Oval Office; It`s in the Capitol
    ...On the topics where he hasn`t needed the Obstructionist Congress, The President has been quite successful. Therefore, I see the problem as the 60 T-Party zealots that are members of Congress plus Cantor, Boehner & McConnell.
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    Oh, but you forget how spectacular the failures were when he had a Democratic House and a fillibuster-proof supermajority Democratic Senate. Everything passed and failed. That was a downward spiral we should be thankful we now have a chance to pull out of. I am proud of the accomplishments of the Republicans Boehner, Cantor and McConnel this year. They have made great progress getting government spending in control.

    September 14, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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