LA Times: …. a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows that Obama’s strength in California has endured despite deep dissatisfaction among voters with the economy. In hypothetical matchups, Obama led Romney by 19 points, Perry by 24 points and Bachmann by 26 points.
By 50% to 43%, voters approved of Obama’s handling of the presidency, down from a high of 60% a year after his election. But the state’s three most potent voter groups – women, nonpartisan voters and Latinos – remained firmly in his corner. Fifty-five percent of women and nonpartisan voters were satisfied with the job the president is doing, a judgment shared by 59% of Latinos.
…A Republican presidential candidate last carried California in 1988; in 2008, Obama won in a landslide over GOP nominee John McCain. Neither the economic downturn nor Obama’s slipping popularity had changed that dynamic markedly. Asked whether they preferred a Democratic or a Republican congressional candidate in a generic matchup, California voters chose the former by a 17-point margin.
…. In November 2009, voters had a 65% positive impression of Obama. Now, that figure is a relatively healthy, if diminished, 58% … Sixty-two percent of women viewed him positively, and 35% negatively. Sixty-four percent of nonpartisans embraced Obama, while 33% did not. Latino voters were even more positive, with 70% holding a positive impression of Obama and 28% with negative views.
The president was the most popular politician measured in the poll. His occasional nemesis, House Speaker John Boehner, had a 22% positive rating, 36 points lower than Obama’s.
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