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Just 30% of Voters Say Sen. Feinstein Is Doing a Good Job: Poll



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Sen. Dianne Feinstein responds to reporters' questions in September 2018 on Capitol Hill. (AP File)
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A new poll suggests that Sen. Dianne Feinstein is serving her final term in Washington, D.C.

According to a Berkeley IGS poll released Wednesday, just 30% of California’s registered voters approve of her performance.

Feinstein, who has been in the Senate since 1992, is 88 years old. When she ran for re-election in 2018, many young progressive Democrats said that it was time for her to step aside.

However, she easily defeated state Sen. Kevin de León, a fellow Democrat, in both the primary and general elections.

The poll offered this analysis of Feinstein’s situation in a news release:

“A major contributor to Feinstein’s negative standing is that she is falling out of favor among many of the state’s traditionally Democratic voting constituencies.  The five-term senator now receives more negative than positive job ratings from strong liberals, women, voters of color, younger voters, as well as voters in Los Angeles County or the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Low Marks for Biden, Harris, Too

While California is an overwhelmingly blue state, the poll also indicated slipping support for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Biden, whose approval rating last summer was 59% in the poll, dropped to 47% support.

Meanwhile, 38% of voters say Harris is doing a good job as opposed to 46% who view her job performance negatively. In July 2021, 49% of voters had a favorable impression of Harris compared to 38% who didn’t like her performance.

“I was amazed at the disaffection for both of the women,” Mark DiCamillo, the poll’s director, said of Feinstein and Harris to The Los Angeles Times.

The poll also indicated that voters are taking a wait-and-see attitude with Sen. Alex Padilla or know little about him. While receiving a 34%-26% approval rating, 40% of poll respondents said they had no opinion on his performance.

Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed the 48-year-old Democrat who was California’s secretary of state to replace Harris in January 2021.

You can take a deep dive into what the poll found at this link.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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