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Poll: Obama’s job approval stable in California

A new Field Poll has found that Californians continue to approve the performance of President Barack Obama, here meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia at the White House in September 2015.
A new Field Poll has found that Californians continue to approve the performance of President Barack Obama, here meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia at the White House in September 2015. Bloomberg file

President Barack Obama’s job ratings are relatively steady in California, with 56 percent of voters approving of his performance, according to a new poll.

Obama’s approval rating dipped slightly from 60 percent in October, yet views of the president remained higher here than nationally, the Field Poll showed.

An average of public opinion polls from RealClearPolitics found 45 percent of Americans approve of his performance, with 51 percent disapproving.

“Part of it is, I think Californians are a little more upbeat about the economy,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll.

Some 57 percent appreciate Obama’s stewardship of the economy, while 37 percent disapprove. Further anchoring the president’s relatively healthy job figures is his general reticence to involve U.S. ground forces and his record of withdrawing from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Half of voters statewide approve of his handling of foreign policy and terrorist threats. “California really gives him credit for not being too adventuresome with the military and not involving U.S. ground forces overseas,” DiCamillo said.

Still, a lower 42 percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing in dealing with the Islamic State.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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