President Barack Obama is losing the support of his base even in reliable California because of Obamacare, which may signal trouble for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. Obama won California by 23 points (60% to 37%) in 2012 over Republican Mitt Romney.
According to a Field Poll released on Tuesday, Obama’s disapproval among Hispanics has increased by 16 points, union households by 18 points, and women by 13 points.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the poll shows that just one-third of California voters surveyed say the country is moving in the right direction, while 55 percent believe it is ‘seriously off on the wrong track.’ That’s a significant decline from February, when 48 percent said the country was on the right track and 44 percent said it was on the wrong track.”
Obama’s ratings in California have plummeted largely due to Obamacare–the survey found that “half of those surveyed disapprove of Obama’s performance in that area, compared with 43 percent who approve. In March 2010, when the health care law was approved, the numbers were split, 45-45 percent.”
In addition, only 51% of Californians approve of Obama’s job performance, which is an “11-point slide in the Field Poll since the start of his second term.” Obama’s disapproval is at 43%. Among Democrats, “Obama’s negative rating is 18 percent, double the total in July.”
Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, said what was “most disturbing is that the biggest declines over that period are coming from his base, voters he carried by a huge margin.”
“That’s unusual… because it puts more voters in play if they’re becoming disaffected,” he said.
The Field Poll surveyed 766 registered voters in California from Nov. 14 to Dec. 1, and the margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points.