45/42 favorable ratings. In California. This is not good news for Democrats, going into the formal 2014 election season: I mean, imagine how Obama’s doing elsewhere.
Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, said the trend is ominous for Obama, because the latest declines come from his base.
Support among California Democrats dropped 8 percentage points to 68 percent over the last three months. Approval was down 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the Bay Area, usually liberal strongholds.
“These are constituencies that have been strong followers,” DiCamillo said. But there’s “frustration in the president not getting his way in affecting policy in Washington.”
…and the word I bolded there is interesting. At first I thought that either DiCamillo or the reporter who wrote the article got the word wrong: it should be ‘effecting.’ But then I remembered: when a Democratic President is weak* it’s never his fault. There are a lot of people out there with a vested interest in pretending that Barack Obama is a mere hapless spectator in the legislative process, mostly because then they don’t have to deal with the actual truth. Which is, of course, that Barack Obama wants to direct the process; he’s just stunningly incompetent at it**. (more…)