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Field Poll: Obama support surges in California

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Feb. 18, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington.
President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Feb. 18, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington. The Associated Press

A new statewide Field Poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating among California voters has grown to 57 percent, its highest mark in two years.

The surge, which mirrors nationwide trends, was aided by voters’ increasingly positive view of his handling of the economy. And the overall increase comes despite a steady dip in voters’ assessment of his work on foreign policy. Only 44 percent give him high marks in that area, down from 58 percent in October 2009.

From the pollster

▪ “For the first time in a long time more Americans nationwide approve of Obama than disapprove. The lines have finally crossed, and we’re seeing that a lot more dramatically in California.”

▪ On the foreign policy slide: “It’s just having to deal with all the problems in the Middle East and the fears people have that this sort of thing will spread.”

– Mark DiCamillo, director, The Field Poll

From the field

“I just think he’s a really good, down-to-earth person, whose genuine interest is to better the country. … I just think he’s amazing.”

– Angela Johnson, a 34-year-old unemployed Democrat from Clovis.

“His foreign policy is really bad. I can’t express how bad it is. He allowed (Islamic State) to become a big threat. … All throughout his campaign he boasted about how he got us out of Iraq, blah blah blah, and now it’s looking like we’re about to take on Iraq 3.”

– Matthew Rollins, a 29-year-old student from Stockton. He is a registered Republican but considers himself an independent.

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