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President Obama holds an incredible 18 point lead over Mitt Romney in California, according to the newest Field Poll of the state. According to the poll, Obama is winning 55 percent of likely California votes while Romney is getting just 37 percent. In California at least, Obama gets solid marks for his job performance, 55 percent approve of the job he is doing compared to 39 percent who disapprove.

While it is no surprise Obama holds a huge lead in what has become a bastion of the Democratic Party, the poll’s favorablity rating numbers are interesting. Unlike the national polling, which shows Romney’s net favorably rating remaining relatively stable (after it improved following the end of the GOP primary), in California opinions about Romney have turned sharply negative in recent months. Back in May, 40 percent held a favorable opinion of Romney and 44 percent viewed him unfavorably. Now he is only viewed favorably by 36 percent, while an incredible 55 percent of California voters hold an unfavorable opinion of him. It is more signs of how terrible the Republican brand is in the Golden State.

There is little doubt Obama is going to win California, but the margin could still be important for down-ballot races. Democrats there are very close to holding supermajorities in both legislative chambers, which is necessary to raise taxes. The new redistricting process may give Democrats their best hope to achieve this goal, but it will require solid Democratic turnout across the state. A big Democratic win this year could finally give Democrats in California actual control of the state government.

President Obama holds an incredible 18 point lead over Mitt Romney in California, according to the newest Field Poll of the state. According to the poll, Obama is winning 55 percent of likely California votes while Romney is getting just 37 percent. In California at least, Obama gets solid marks for his job performance, 55 percent approve of the job he is doing compared to 39 percent who disapprove.

While it is no surprise Obama holds a huge lead in what has become a bastion of the Democratic Party, the poll’s favorablity rating numbers are interesting. Unlike the national polling, which shows Romney’s net favorably rating remaining relatively stable (after it improved following the end of the GOP primary), in California opinions about Romney have turned sharply negative in recent months. Back in May, 40 percent held a favorable opinion of Romney and 44 percent viewed him unfavorably. Now he is only viewed favorably by 36 percent, while an incredible 55 percent of California voters hold an unfavorable opinion of him. It is more signs of how terrible the Republican brand is in the Golden State.

There is little doubt Obama is going to win California, but the margin could still be important for down-ballot races. Democrats there are very close to holding supermajorities in both legislative chambers, which is necessary to raise taxes. The new redistricting process may give Democrats their best hope to achieve this goal, but it will require solid Democratic turnout across the state. A big Democratic win this year could finally give Democrats in California actual control of the state government.