Politics & Government

Poll: 53 percent of Californians say U.S. on wrong track

A majority of California voters continues to give President Barack Obama passing marks, but their confidence in the direction of the country has dipped to pre-Obama levels, according to Field Poll released today.

A third of the state feels the nation is headed in the right direction, while 53 percent feel it's on the wrong track, according to the poll. The numbers have fallen in recent months: In January, 41 percent thought the nation was headed the right way, and in October, nearly half believed that.

"The negative news has just been dominating," said Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. "Most of this is related to the economy. It seems now that things have stalled. Fewer people think we're coming out of the recession."

While the "wrong track" numbers are not as high as the 75 percent recorded during the final year of President George W. Bush's tenure in 2008, they are the highest of the Obama era.

Still, the poll showed Obama holding his own among Californians, with 54 percent approving his performance in office and 39 percent disapproving. His approval ratings here have been in the low- to mid-50 percent range all year after reaching 65 percent in 2009, his first year in office.

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