Is Dianne Feinstein Vulnerable?
More voters are now poised to vote against longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., if she runs in 2012 than are inclined to re-elect her, according to a new Field Poll released early Friday that also shows Feinstein's approval rating -- and Congress' as a whole -- at a low-water mark.
Just 41 percent of voters are inclined to re-elect Feinstein, while 44 percent are not. That is down from 43 percent who were inclined to re-elect her in June, 46 percent in March, and it is well below the 52 percent who were inclined to re-elect her at this stage (August 2005) of her most recent campaign.
Feinstein's approval ratings are at the lowest point of her nearly 19-year tenure in the Senate. Just 41 percent of voters approve of the job she is doing, while 39 percent disapprove. That is down from a 46-percent approval rating in June.
Feinstein's fall comes amid a widespread and intense distrust of Congress as a whole. Only nine percent of voters approve of Congress' job performance, a new low. Sen. Barbara Boxer's, D-Calif., 39-percent approval rating is also a new low.
The drop in Feinstein's re-elect percentage coincides with a steep fall in President Obama's poll numbers in the Golden State.