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California polls are bad news for Feinstein and Harris

Uploaded: Feb 24, 2022
It was striking to read how much Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s approval rating has cratered in a recent UC Berkeley Institute of Government poll co-sponsored with the Los Angeles Times.
The Times reported that her approval rating has plummeted to 30% in this deep blue state. Notably, 49% disapproved of her performance. Her former senatorial colleague, Vice-President Kamala Harris’ ratings also is upside down with just 38% approval.
Veteran poll director Mark DiCamillo told the Times “I was amazed at the disaffection for both of the women.”
The Times reported, “…core Democratic blocs: those who identify as “strongly liberal,” voters under 40 and Latinos and Asian Americans. In all regions of the state — including the major population centers of Los Angeles and the Bay Area, where she is from — a plurality of voters disapprove of her performance.”
Feinstein also ran negative with women, a strong point for her throughout her decades in the Senate. She is finishing her fifth term in 2024
Two-thirds of those polled believe the state is headed in the wrong direction, a number that should awaken any elected Democrat concerned about their future. It won’t affect Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her San Francisco district or likely Eric Swalwell in his Congressional district, but it does not bode well in the few competitive districts in the state.

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley, who is black, offered a different perspective on former Miami Dolphins’ coach Brian Flores discrimination suit against the team and the National Football League. Flores, who is black, was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.
Riley wrote, “Some people, including former President Jimmy Carter, were insisting that the criticism of (President Barrack) Obama was racially motivated. Asked about it, Mr. Obama demurred, “It’s important to remember that I was actually black before the election.”
As was Flores when he was hired. Riley wrote, “One reason is that teams don’t want to hire someone they can’t fire without being labeled racist.”

Some troubling demographic trends nationally; just 23.1% of homes have a traditional nuclear family with a mom, dad and kids, the lowest number since 1959. Two key factors are the pandemic slowing household formation and the continued decline in the birth rate. Women now marry at 28 years of age compared to 20 in the 1950s-60s. For men it’s now 30. Birth rate dropped to 55.4 per 1,000 in 2021 down from 58.4 in 2019.
The percentage of people living with a spouse was 50% versus 87% in 1960. The decline in the traditional family, the building block of healthy societies, is alarming.

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Posted by Lahommed, a resident of Dublin,
on Feb 24, 2022 at 9:50 am

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Democrats both totally useless, corrupt and have done nothing for the people of california and this nation. Biden the imbecile leading us in to the abyss of darkness.....wake up America....stop voting for these cancerous democrats!

Posted by Dirk Svensen, a resident of Country Fair,
on Feb 24, 2022 at 12:27 pm

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We just received a survey in the mail from Senator Glazer (State Senate District 7). It asks seven key questions with regard to Economy, Crime, Homeless, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Climate Change and Health Care. Questions are a bit leading, but could have been worse. Unfortunately, he missed "Immigration", but it is part of his Health Care question.

Name was "optional" (good) but not address (bad); this is a bit concerning for those worried about retribution (I never thought it would come to this - but here we are). If you wish to fill this out on line (mandatory name....):

Posted by RobertD., a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Feb 26, 2022 at 6:31 pm

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The polls are not looking well for Democrats but who will their constituents vote for instead? Larry Elder? Name one Republican who can get votes to beat these Democrats. Don't get me wrong - I wish there were electable Republicans.

I read Jason Riley's editorial and found it to be ignorant and racist. It doesn't matter if he is black like you intentionally point out. That type of editorial comes from people who have never worked in a corporate world and have no idea what hiring/ firing processes looks like. I leave it to the courts to determine Brian Flores's case. Wall Street Journal editorial board represents opinions of the Murdoch empire shared by opinion shows on Fox (Hannity, , Carlson, et al). Jason and his cohort at WSJ only care about riling up Trump supporters to keep the mad and angry, similar to Fox opinion shows. I subscribe to WSJ for their real journalism not their editorial garbage.

Another troubling trend is the decline in religion especially Christianity, having to do with:

- ideology battles within and across denominations
- hatred that conservative Christianity has for people who are not like them, e.g., LGBTQ
- the $s that TV evangelists raise and do very little for the poor with some exceptions
- the conservative church support for Trump

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