Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Usually voters like their own rep

Californians Increasingly Dissatisfied With Their Own Congress Member

By Alexei Koseff, Sept. 15, 2014,

As voters across the country have for years, Californians harbor an overwhelmingly negative view of Congress. But a new Field Poll reveals that voters have also begun to sour on their own House representatives, who were largely buttressed against Congress’ dismal approval ratings until now.

Three-quarters of California voters disapprove of Congress’ job performance, compared to only 13 percent who approve, according to the latest poll, a low mark that has stayed fairly consistent since early 2010.

However, voters’ opinions of their own representative have dropped dramatically this year, to 36 percent approval and 40 percent disapproval. That’s a sharp 15-point swing from April, when 44 percent of voters approved of their representative and 33 percent disapproved.

Sinking popularity could spell trouble for several California Democrats who are facing tough re-election battles this fall. Christopher Cadelago has more on those races in today’s paper.

Here are the statistical tabulations prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert, as well as the publicly released results from the poll.

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