Even in the most reliably Democrat state in the nation the failed president is cratering.
President Obama’s approval rating has fallen to a record low in California, with fewer than half the voters in the Democratic stronghold approving of the way he has handled his job for the first time since 2011.
Just 45 percent of California voters say they approve of the way the president is handling his job — down 5 percentage points from June, according to a Field Poll released Tuesday. Some 43 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the president’s job performance.
Those numbers are actually better than the president’s national rating, with a Gallup poll taken late last month showing 42 percent approval for the president and 51 percent disapproval.
But the California poll may be an ominous sign. The president has been able to keep his approval ratings in the low 40s largely thanks to a loyal Democratic base, which continues to support him at a steady clip.
But support from California Democrats dropped 8 percentage points over the summer — including 11 points in Los Angeles and 7 points in the Bay Area — according to the Field Poll. If those trends are a harbinger of what is to come nationally, the president could see Democrats join independent and Republican voters in voicing concern over his leadership, further eroding his standing.
With his presidency in collapse, of course it’s a crucial time to face down the most important issue of the day: Raising the minimum wage or something. Hard to believe with such a robust agenda how he’s failing so spectacularly.