Feinstein's Favorability Fading
Less than half of California voters are inclined to re-elect Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., according to a new Field poll that shows her approval ratings well below her normal levels of support.
Just 43 percent of Golden State voters say they are inclined to re-elect Feinstein, down from 46 percent in March. But the March figure represented a significant decline in support from previous re-election cycles: In June 2005, 56 percent of voters were inclined to re-elect Feinstein, and in March 1999, that number was 59 percent.
Nearly as many voters -- 39 percent -- say there are not inclined to re-elect Feinstein, also down slightly from March (42 percent). Nearly one-in-five voters are undecided.
Despite the continued slide in her re-election numbers -- and a lagging economy -- a healthier plurality of voters approves of the job she is doing: 46 percent of voters approve of Feinstein, while 31 percent disapprove.
"Her job ratings are still holding up, so it's not something that she's actually done that's angered the voting public," Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo told the Sacramento Bee. "I just think they're in the mood for some change."