Obama drops under 50% approval … in California

posted at 8:48 am on June 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

How far has Barack Obama’s star fallen? KPIX reports on a new Survey USA poll in California, where Barack Obama beat John McCain by over 20 points and which anchors the liberal Left Coast. Since winning 61% of the vote in November 2008, California voters have cooled considerably on Hope and Change, with Obama dropping to a 46/49 approval rating. And that spells bad news for Barbara Boxer, as this report concedes:

Survey USA has not released the data for this poll yet, but they do have the data for the poll taken just five weeks ago on the same question. The sample in that poll gives Democrats a +7 advantage over Republicans, which may be a shade low but is still in the ballpark.  Five weeks ago, Obama had a 51/44 approval rating, and still had an eight-point advantage among independents, 52/44.  He did worst among retirees and homemakers and in the Central Valley and Inland Empire regions, and best in the Bay area, not surprisingly.

Unfortunately for Boxer, she has to run in the whole state and not just the Bay area.  If Obama’s star is fading, Boxer’s will be descending even further, and for the same reasons — a lousy economy and too much spending.  Voters can’t punish (or support) a President in a midterm election, but they can take out their frustrations on those who closely aligned themselves to him, which Boxer has certainly done over the last two years.

KPIX says this won’t impact Jerry Brown because of his supposed arms-length distance from the national party.  Don’t bet on that.  For decades, he’s been seen as a darling of the national Left that now runs the Democratic Party, and Obama represents that faction.

Update: I misread the graphic.  Obama’s approval rating in CA is actually underwater, with 49% disapproving of Obama’s performance.  I fixed the lead paragraph.


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My California brother voted for Obama. He has been pretty quiet since the election, I do believe I will be taking this opportunity to rub his nose in it. By voting against Sarah Palin, he has ended up with something far worse.

bopbottle on June 24, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Yep makes sense. No one in Cali I know that told me back in 2008 that they voted for the clown will admit this shortcoming now.

BO bumper stickers out here in LA all but gone. I guess owners are afraid of having their cars vandalized by the out of work crowd.

jbh45 on June 24, 2010 at 8:54 AM

California uber alles!

Red Cloud on June 24, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Seriously, I don’t understand these people in the Bay area.

ladyingray on June 24, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Californians are racist!

rbj on June 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Obama to respond, “Californians are understandably frustrated with the incompetence of the first 8 of the last 10 years and they’re finally getting around to expressing that frustration in these polls.”

SoRight on June 24, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Hmmm… those Californians better check with Ivy-honed analysts like Frum, Brooks and Noonan before jumping to any crazy, wild-eyed, redneck conclusions about Obama.

/s

mankai on June 24, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Mr_Magoo on June 24, 2010 at 8:56 AM

That dude’s look is straight out of 1981.

jacrews on June 24, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Quick! Hollywood! Release another Bush bashing movie…STAT!

Electrongod on June 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Whiny little liberal Omama says “seems like everybody in this whole dam world is down on me”. Gee, that’s too bad, I sure hate that for you.

Lincoln Cadillac on June 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I’m not sure Ca. can be saved, but if there is a chance of that happening, it must start this November by throwing the people who brought them to the cliff out of office.

In fact, investigations should start immediately in December if Californians do throw this scum out of office. Put corruption behind bars where it belongs as a show to the people that the new staff is serious.

Keemo on June 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Why has DOTUS fallen so far?

Incompetence, and he’s a IDEALOGUE. People wanted Bill Clinton that talked Liberal but governed Centrist compared to the Jeremiah Wright-Bill Ayers Muslim sympathizer that they got instead.

Slightly Off thread……California voters might have believed what McCain said when he told the voters “you don’t have to be scared of Obama as President” at that Town Hall in Minnesota.

PappyD61 on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Seriously, I don’t understand these people in the Bay area.

ladyingray on June 24, 2010 at 8:54 AM

For many, their number one issue is whatever their vice happens to be. That guides all their thinking. And since they connect the Left with a legitimazation of their life choices, they will virulently oppose conservatives, even if it is to the detriment of their personal economies or safety.

mankai on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

The only thing the Waxman look-alike reporter said I agree with is that the economy is the key for 2010 and 2012. Economy here in Cali sucks, so good-bye Boxer, good-bye Clown In Chief.

jbh45 on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Awesome….now let’s bring on the SUSA Governor and Senate polls.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Nothing a new Oliver Stone movie can’t fix.

mankai on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

BTW,
Has anyone noticed how the AP has been framing election losses as just “anti-incumbent” with no mention of why voters are in the “anti-incumbent” mood?


Wretched state-controlled Associated Press……you have failed the republic.

PappyD61 on June 24, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Why did Medvedev meet with the Schwartz this past week? Strange…

Key West Reader on June 24, 2010 at 9:01 AM

rbj on June 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Agreed. I thought it was going to be a clip from the mod squad.

jbh45 on June 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I wouldn’t get too excited. Most of these people not approving of Ogabe’s performance think he’s not being “progressive enough”. California would vote for Stalin before a conservative.

Caper29 on June 24, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Nothing a new stimulus bill can’t cure.

LastRick on June 24, 2010 at 9:04 AM

For many, their number one issue is whatever their vice happens to be. That guides all their thinking. And since they connect the Left with a legitimazation of their life choices, they will virulently oppose conservatives, even if it is to the detriment of their personal economies or safety.

mankai on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

The only life choice of theirs I am interested in is the one that affects me personally – their VOTE.

ladyingray on June 24, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Seriously, I don’t understand these people in the Bay area.

ladyingray on June 24, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Seriously, I don’t understand them either. How long do you think they would last if they had to support themselves without ‘other peoples money’?

lukespapa on June 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM

And I saw satan fall as lightning from heaven.

abobo on June 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Unfortunately for Boxer, she has to run in the whole state and not just the Bay area

do you mean that the Bay area doesn’t represent the whole state? shocked….shocked I say

ted c on June 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Slightly Off thread……California voters might have believed what McCain said when he told the voters “you don’t have to be scared of Obama as President” at that Town Hall in Minnesota.

PappyD61 on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Exactly why I can’t help but to wonder if McCain wasn’t serious about winning that election. Could he really be dumb enough to say such things; to run a campaign where he refused to expose the weaknesses of the opponent and fight for the principles that represent his base voters… That election sure seemed like a fix from the very start.

Keemo on June 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Quick! Hollywood! Release another Bush bashing movie…STAT!

Electrongod on June 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Ask and ye shall receive:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0977855/

Doughboy on June 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM

California should split in two as is the case with the Carolina’s. The people in No. Ca. hate the people in the southern section. Was that way my entire life growing up in So. Ca. with most of my relatives in No. Ca…. The resentment was passed down generation to generation. I can’t stand those family members to this day.

Keemo on June 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

We have State office election issues in CA, too. If anyone lives (or has friends who live) in CA Senate 15, please make sure to vote in the general election on August 17. The GOP candidate running in this last Tuesday’s ‘open’ primary missed getting 50% by 300+ votes, forcing a run-off on 8/17. This is to replace Abel Maldonado, and if it goes Dem and Brown wins he will have a veto-proof majority. As if things aren’t bad enough here.

Fluffy McNutter on June 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Obama needs to go to California and hold a “Boycott Arizona” rally….

albill on June 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Wouldn’t it be better if California elected a Republican governor and state congressional folks? Until they wise up on the state level all California national representatives are going to be standing with their hands out to the American taxpayer for rescue.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2010 at 9:13 AM

It is not possible to express a racist view toward Obama. He is BOTH white and black.

seven on June 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Ask and ye shall receive:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0977855/

Doughboy on June 24, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Figures.

Electrongod on June 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Agreed. I thought it was going to be a clip from the mod squad.

jbh45 on June 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Was that Clarence Williams III?

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2071631872/tt0062589

BuckeyeSam on June 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM

It’s almost as if the only thing that can save the donks this fall is if somehow, some way amnesty is magically passed. You know, like if the president waved a magic wand, all illegals became legal and then all the donks unexpectedly win re-election.

Thank goodness that could never happen in America where we have laws to prevent this from happening.

(Momentarily forgets about King Obama)

fogw on June 24, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Slightly Off thread……California voters might have believed what McCain said when he told the voters “you don’t have to be scared of Obama as President” at that Town Hall in Minnesota.

PappyD61 on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

That was a stunning statement, and I remember it well. I couldn’t decide if he was uninterested in winning, scared to be aggressive with BO because of the “racist” theme or certifiably insane.

Cody1991 on June 24, 2010 at 9:20 AM

The political retirement of Senator Ma’am and Moonbeam because of Zero is exactly the kind of Change that this non-Kal-eeee-forn-yan is Hoping for.

viking01 on June 24, 2010 at 9:21 AM

McCain is a POS…

twiggman on June 24, 2010 at 9:24 AM

The spin at the end of the clip is nauseating. They’re clearly in the tank for zerobama.

Mojave Mark on June 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Boxer smoxer. Does it really matter? With Godless liberals there are many others just as anti-American waiting in the wings to damage our freedoms, the capitalism that creates our wealth, health and lifestyles, and life itself, with their diabolically tuned culture of death.

As with Al Capps’ smoos -when you knock one down many others arise from their ashes -unlike the smoos -they are nasty critters.

Don L on June 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Californians are fed up–at least the people I talk to are, and working in education I talk to a lot of Obama voters. That sort are trying very hard to blame it all on the gube, but like I tell them–this all precedes Arnold by quite a lot and he is not who you need to look to to assign blame for California’s various ills. The rot goes way back, and it goes deep.

Bob's Kid on June 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM

yet another big blue state Hillary won in the primaries despite the Oprah, Kennedy ‘He is the One’ tour. yep the worst fears of the millions of Dems who feared he was too inexperienced and we didnt know HOW he would govern are realized as yet another state slides into an economic abyss.
Although Cali should answer for itself, no one can save them they did this to themselves…question-how will O get Cali a ginormous bailout when Congressional Dems are afraid to spend this close to November?

answer- Lame Duck Session will be unlike any other, crazed Dems voting against the people left and right left

ginaswo on June 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Don’t you just wonder what’s wrong with the rest? If Obama is the answer, how stupid was the question?

tarpon on June 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Somehow, the media will see this as a brilliant move by Obama.

Moesart on June 24, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Figures.

Electrongod on June 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I am ashamed to say I muse terrible things happening to Sean Penn.

hawkdriver on June 24, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Barry’s numbers are trending in only one direction. DOWN!

GarandFan on June 24, 2010 at 10:05 AM

rbj on June 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Agreed. I thought it was going to be a clip from the mod squad.

jbh45 on June 24, 2010 at 9:02 AM

LOL — I saw the capture and wondered what a news clip from 1974 might have to do with an election in 2010.

NoLeftTurn on June 24, 2010 at 10:13 AM

If he’s under water in CA then the rest of the polls have to be WAAAAY INFLATED.

CC

CapedConservative on June 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Babs needs to invite dear leader for another party…
heh

cmsinaz on June 24, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I’m guessing the 46% are Hollywood starlets. That’s the only explanation there could be.

scalleywag on June 24, 2010 at 10:24 AM

It is not possible to express a racist view toward Obama. He is BOTH white and black.

seven on June 24, 2010 at 9:14 AM

As a grandmother and a typical white woman, I’m sooooo confused. What to do, what to do.

GrannyDee on June 24, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Progress

MainelyRight on June 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

PappyD61 on June 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Since September 11, 2001 the United States has been in a state of national emergency, which means that martial law can be declared by the President at any time and for any reason. Martial law authorizes temporary rule by military authorities. Under martial law, civil rights are suspended and civilian courts are supplanted by military tribunals. A declaration of martial law is theoretically temporary but there are no time limits. A state of martial law, once declared, can be extended indefinitely. If the toxic gasses escaping the BP well force evacuations of Gulf State residents, the federal government would determine when and where upwards of 80,000,000 evacuees would be moved and for how long. Since the evacuees would have to be relocated inland across the United States, so too would military rule. According to the provisions of martial law, the president could also order the suspension of national elections until the national emergency is over. The only one that can declare the national emergency “over” and rescind a declaration of martial law? President Barack Hussein Obama.

oldleprechaun on June 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is asking supporters for contributions to help prevent the “subpoenas and investigations” that would result from a GOP majority.

Reality sets in ?

J_Crater on June 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM

KPIX says this won’t impact Jerry Brown because of his supposed arms-length distance from the national party. Don’t bet on that. For decades, he’s been seen as a darling of the national Left that now runs the Democratic Party, and Obama represents that faction.

Um, no. Brown was always a kooky outsider on the national stage. Looks like that’ll pay dividends now, especially now that a Republican has presided over the state’s decline and now a similar Republican is running: Moderate, little political experience, rich, lots of business experience, the appearance of trying to buy the election. And the state’s most prominent conservative (McClintock) has already labeled her “another Schwarzenegger.” So the broad trends might favor her, but the details don’t. Don’t be surprised if lots of Republicans wind up voting for Brown (even if the overall race winds up being close).

Boxer is in a similar situation. For example, my father’s been complaining about her for 16 years, but even he can’t bring himself to vote for Carly (though I’m trying to change that).

calbear on June 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

If he loses Cali he loses everything. After all it was Cali where he gave his famous bible thumper speech. If they are deserting him, he has no future except to destroy as much of the country as possible before his term expires on or before 1/20/13.

eaglewingz08 on June 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM

It’s the suede denim secret police
They have come for your un-cool niece!

Kenosha Kid on June 24, 2010 at 12:03 PM

May Zero henceforth be known in the Bay Area (and everywhere else) as the iClod.

So let it be written. So let it be done.

viking01 on June 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

OT/ Breaking on Drudge:

TESTIMONY: Obama knew of Blago’s plot to trade Cabinet post for appointing Jarrett…

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/2427402,CST-NWS-BLAGO24.article

Archimedes on June 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM

That’s my state b!tches! I told you, we rock in California. Yes, it takes a while, but being underwater means that he’s more popular in Illinois. What else is there to do in Illinois?

Um, no. Brown was always a kooky outsider on the national stage. Looks like that’ll pay dividends now, especially now that a Republican has presided over the state’s decline and now a similar Republican is running: Moderate, little political experience, rich, lots of business experience, the appearance of trying to buy the election. And the state’s most prominent conservative (McClintock) has already labeled her “another Schwarzenegger.” So the broad trends might favor her, but the details don’t. Don’t be surprised if lots of Republicans wind up voting for Brown (even if the overall race winds up being close).

Boxer is in a similar situation. For example, my father’s been complaining about her for 16 years, but even he can’t bring himself to vote for Carly (though I’m trying to change that).

calbear on June 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Meg’s is sooooo not like Arnie. Her gabillions is being spent in an all-GOP effort in down ballots as well, something Arnie studiously avoided. Brown is senile, he doesn’t know a.) what he’s talking about b.) what he’s talked about c.) the need to shut up and stop talking. For a state that is youthful as California, sign of old age rings the alarm bells. Brown just recently said that he doesn’t want to release a detailed plan for the state because….wait for it….it’ll be criticized. The man is an idiot, not eclectic.

Apologetic California on June 24, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Bambi is having a bad week. A very bad week.
I feel sorry for him.

Naw, just kidding

JusDreamin on June 24, 2010 at 1:04 PM

I can never find anyone who voted for Carter, and like I had stated a year ago, in several years you won’t find anyone admitting they voted for Obama.

right2bright on June 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I can never find anyone who voted for Carter, and like I had stated a year ago, in several years you won’t find anyone admitting they voted for Obama.

right2bright on June 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I have a crazy relative who voted for Carter — twice. He also voted for Ross Perot. Then he gleefully voted for Obama.

bitsy on June 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM

iClod.

viking01 on June 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I lol’ed

bitsy on June 24, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Hopefully, if only Californians were as pissed with Sacramento politicians as they were with Washington Senators and Congressmen, we’d be in good shape.

The key isn’t winning the Governor’s house but winning the state Congress. Its the California congress that’s been screwing our state over.

I suspect its the same across the country. The Governor’s house isn’t as important as getting a majority in the state legislature.

Conservative Samizdat on June 24, 2010 at 4:18 PM