Obama has his worst job rating ever in California and most of the decline comes from previous supporters. The respected Field Poll shows nearly as many Californians now disapprove of Obama’s performance as approve (43% vs 45%), a sharp drop from his 62% approval at the beginning of his second term.
This reading is the poorest appraisal of the job performance that Obama has received of his presidency and is in sharp contrast to the 62% favorable perception that California voters had of him at the beginning of his second term. Most of the recent decline in the President’s approval ratings has occurred among subgroups of voters who had been among Obama’s strongest supporters in prior polls.
Further, a majority of Californians (51%) now think the country is seriously off track. These results in a previous bastion of support for Obama do not bode well for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. Yes, we are living in turbulent times. However Obama lately seems disinterested and asleep at the wheel. Even California Senator Dianne Feinstein is criticizing him, saying he is “too cautious” about ISIS. I’d call it being “comatose.” In times of turmoil and peril, political leaders should attempt to lead or at least pretend they care about what’s happening. Obama instead makes bland comments and does little.
Asked by NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell if Obama’s statement that the U.S. did not yet have a strategy to deal with ISIS projected weakness, Feinstein replied, “I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe in this instance, too cautious.”