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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dianne Feinstein's Popularity Plummets in California

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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In 2008, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-San Francisco) was considering a bid for state governor, polls showed she would have swept the race. But like the economy, politics is cyclical. It seems Californians are changing their tune when it comes to DiFi, the political icon who has remained seemingly unbeatable over the years.

According to the latest Field Poll, her support has plummeted by double digits, with only 43 percent of registered voters  saying they support her. That's a slight 4 percent edge over those who don't. This is the first time that the number of voters who don't like Feinstein nearly match those who support her.

The Chron reports that even pollsters are flummoxed by the remarkable reversal.

"With Feinstein, we've never seen these kinds of numbers before, where it's so close," pollster Mark DiCamillo tells the Chronicle.

True, Democrats are having a hard time overcoming the economic shitstorm that swept America in 2007 -- the year before President Obama was elected. The housing market remains bleak and the state's unemployment rate remains the second highest in the nation at 11.7 percent.

Still, it's hard to believe that would shake Feinstein's popularity, which has been so solidly locked in this largely Democratic state that not a single Republican has come forward to challenge her as she prepares to campaign for a fourth term.

Of course, the growing Tea Party movement isn't helping deep-rooted Dems like Feinstein. According to the poll. nearly 70 percent of registered Republicans said they would not vote for Feinstein, who turns 78 tomorrow. Nearly one-third of those said they believe she is too pro-government.

On the bright side, she's faring better among voters than Obama.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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