Since taking power in 2009, the approval rating of President Barack Obama has taken a rather steep decline. Now, according to the results of a new poll released today, Obama's approval rating in California has reached the lowest level of his presidency, SF Gate reports.
The Field Research Corporation poll found that 43 percent of Californian's disapprove of Obama’s performance and 45 percent of approved of the job Obama is doing, while 12 percent had no opinion.
The Washington Times wrote that the Obama approval rating has been in the dumps in recent months, but the new poll shows his numbers are lagging in liberal strongholds as well.
"Obama's popularity couldn't get much lower among Republicans, but this is his base that's leaving him: liberals, people in the Bay Area and Los Angeles," said Mark DiCamillo, the poll's director. "And the people who typically are paying the most attention (to national affairs) are the most unhappy."
Although the president had the highest level of acceptance in his first year in office (2009), he now has a lower approval rating than Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower.
According to Gallup, in 2009 Obama had popularity ratings of 57.2 percent for the second year although approval dropped to 46.7 percent in the third and continued to decline to 44.4 percent. Obama's approval rating has been suffering in the past few months, particularly in October when his controversial Affordable Care Act or Obamacare took effect.