In California, Obama Job Approval Leaps from Minus 4 in April to Plus 16 in May:
After releasing his birth certificate and killing Osama Bin Laden, President Barack Obama's job approval in California leapt in SurveyUSA tracking from Minus 4 a month ago to Plus 16 today, a 20-point swing.
Since Obama took office, this is the 29th California tracking poll SurveyUSA has released for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno. Obama has had a negative job approval in just 3 of those 29 months, including April 2011, when 46% of California adults approved of his job, and 50% disapproved (Formula: 46 takeaway 50 = Minus 4). Today, after a series of events perceived by voters as favorable, Obama in California is at 56% approve, 40% disapprove (56 takeaway 40 = Plus 16). Among Independents, month-on-month, Obama swung from Minus 6 to Plus 17, a gain of 23 points. Among Independents, this is the highest Obama's approval rating has been in 21 months, since September 2009. In the Central Valley, Obama's approval jumped from Minus 22 in April to Plus 19 today, a month-on-month surge of 41 points. Among Central Valley residents, this is the highest Obama's approval rating has been in 2 years.
All of the above poll results are reported of just landline telephones, in order to make the data apples-to-apples comparable with SurveyUSA's previous tracking in California. However, SurveyUSA did for this survey also interview respondents who do not have a home telephone, and who use a cellphone to make and receive phone calls. When cell phone and landline respondents are blended, at a ratio of 1:4, Obama's approval rating is Plus 15 (instead of the Plus 16 reported here). Plus 15 and Plus 16 are not statistically different (54% CA job approval, 39% CA job disapproval, in the cellphone/landline blended research).