A new poll shows Barack Obama’s approval rating has dropped even in true blue states like California. Business Insider,
“The poll showed Obama’s approval rating in California at 45%, down from a second-term high of 62% following his 2013 inauguration. It was also down 5% from the previous Field Poll, which was released in June, making it the first time the president’s California approval was under 50% since 2011. Obama’s approval dropped 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the San Francisco Bay area.
“DiCamillo suggested the president’s apparent issues with his base could spell trouble for California Democrats in the coming midterm elections.”
President Obama’s growing unpopularity has created a “no-fly zone” for many states in the 2014 mid-terms. Politico,
“The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular, such as: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California, Obama officials and Democratic operatives said this week.
“But in the red states that will determine control of the Senate, Obama will remain scarce. That means no personal campaign visits to states like Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana and North Carolina. He may do some targeted outreach through robocalls, digital ads and conference calls, but the campaign plan is clear: Stay away from candidates he’s already hurting.
“Obama’s no-fly zone for certain Senate campaigns reflects the deep concern among Democrats about his drag on the national ticket. Obama can’t seem to get his poll numbers out of the low 40s, he’s struggled through an endless stream of foreign policy crises, and he’s the last person that many candidates want to be forced to defend on the campaign trail.”
Adding to the fact that—by his own admission—Obama has no foreign policy strategy, the State Department also appears to have no idea of how to respond to Russian aggression toward Ukraine. Yesterday, Spokeswoman Jen Psaki gave a contradictory response to a reporter’s simple question on the USA’s strategy. Via the Washington Free Beacon,
Vulnerable Democrats are asking Obama to delay his plans for executive action on immigration until after the elections. The Los Angeles Times,
“Under that plan, the president would first announce measures aimed at tightening enforcement of current law, then put off until the end of the year a decision on a more sweeping program…
“The two-step plan would bow to the concerns of Democratic lawmakers running in Republican-leaning states who have expressed opposition to Obama’s plans to act unilaterally on the hot-button issue. Some Democratic senators have said he should wait for Congress to pass legislation.
“And some Democratic strategists fret that the move would spark opposition among Republicans and energize the GOP base just weeks before the midterm election. The GOP is expected to maintain its House majority and needs a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate.”