The latest poll numbers out of California paint a bleak picture for the President. His approval ratings have plummeted in recent months. But that’s not such a big surprise. Bush ain’t taking California. In fact, a closer look at the numbers may raise more red flags for Kerry. As I’ve been arguing for months, it will be extremely difficult for Kerry to be successful in this campaign if all he’s got going is that he’s not Bush (even though that’s plenty and then some for many voters).
In the California poll, fewer than a third of Kerry-backers say that they are going to vote for him because they like him and his policies. The rest are behind him because he’s not Bush.
Gary Coleman could win California against Bush in November.