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Support for Obama slips in California, poll finds

October 7, 2009 |  9:24 am

Support for President Obama has slipped slightly in California but remains strong, according to a new Field Poll.

The poll found that 60% of respondents rate Obama favorably and 31% unfavorably. Back in March, 65%  of those surveyed favored Obama’s performance, while 21% disapproved.

"These ratings place him in about the mid-range of the job assessments given to his five immediate predecessors at about the same point in their presidencies," according to the poll.

California voters are more concerned about the war in Afghanistan, the poll found. "While Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan is supported 48% to 31%, voters are divided about whether troop levels there should be increased (33%), kept at current levels (16%) or cut back (37%)," according to Field.

On healthcare reform, the poll found 52% of respondents support it and 37% oppose it.

Not surprisingly, the poll found Obama has big support among Democrats (81%) and nonpartisans (68%). But the poll found 65% Republicans don't favor his performance.

The poll interviewed 1,005 registered voters between Sept. 18 and Oct. 5.

-- Shelby Grad

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