The fact that President Bush's latest job approval rating in California stands at just 25 percent is hardly earth-quaking news in the Golden State. After all, a Field Poll summary concludes that the president has been "in the very low trough" of polling for two years running.
But the new state poll is getting personal, and that doesn't reflect well on the president's standing in California either.
In a Sept. 5-14 Field telephone survey of registered voters, 59 percent of poll respondents said they don't believe Bush is personally capable of handling his job.
Asked whether "the primary reason Bush has not performed well is that his personal capabilities have not been up to the level required for the job," 43 percent of Californians said they "agree strongly" and an additional 16 percent said they "agree somewhat."
About 74 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of nonpartisan voters say they don't believe Bush is up to the job. Thirty percent of Republicans concurred and 68 percent of Republicans disagreed.
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