President Barack Obama’s job approval rating in California ticked up over the summer, with 60 percent of the state’s registered voters now approving of his performance, according to a new poll.
The Field Poll, released Saturday, marks an improvement for Obama over May, when his job approval rating registered at 53 percent. It represents his strongest showing in California since early 2013.
Views of Obama fall along partisan lines, and his approval rating in this Democratic state is far more positive than it is nationally.
From the pollster:
▪ “What’s noteworthy to me is that when you look at Obama’s job approval rating, he’s really actually done much better this year than he did last year.”
▪ “Obama’s kind of getting close to the end of his tenure, and I think what he’s been doing policy-wise is much more appealing to California voters, particularly Democrats and people within his political base.”
– Mark DiCamillo, director, The Field Poll
From the field:
▪ “The economy’s improving. That’s the most important factor, I think. The economy’s improving, more jobs are being developed.”
– Julian Yerena Jr., a 37-year-old Democrat from Parlier
▪ “He seems to be doing everything in his power to cripple us. I think he’s so worried about his own agenda that he’s not considering what is actually happening to the country around him.”
– Anna Freeman, a 27-year-old from Modesto who said she previously was a Republican but is now an independent voter