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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Hits Record Low Approval Ratings

‘Maybe it’s time to let someone else with new ideas and a fresh perspective in’

By Evan Symon, February 15, 2021 5:38 pm

A new poll released by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies found that Senator Dianne Feinstein’s popularity has reached record lows in California.

According to the poll, only 35% of California voters approve of Feinstein, her lowest approval rating since first being elected to the Senate in 1992. Conversely, 45% of all voters currently disapprove of her, 5 percentage points more than her previous high of 40% in 1995.

Feinstein’s falling popularity was particularly noticeable when broken down by party affiliation. Republican-affiliated voter approval fell from 23% in 2017 to only 11% in the 2021 Berkeley poll, with non-affiliated voters dropping from 40% to 31%. Most dramatically was her loss of approval from fellow Democrats. The Berkeley poll only showed her at 50% approval among Democrats in 2021, a gigantic, 17-point loss from her 67% rating in 2017.

Feinstein’s startling low approval ratings come after months of controversy surrounding the 87-year-old Democratic Senator. Many Democrats have been disenchanted with Feinstein after showing more leeway towards Senate Republicans, most notably in an October incident in which she hugged Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Many California democrats were also upset that she favored Joe Biden over fellow Californian Kamala Harris during the primaries.

She has also been criticized for her suspicious financial moves, such as selling off stock only days before COVID-19 lockdowns hit US companies in March 2020 and paying a fine in her husband’s name for not disclosing stock purchases earlier this year. Other actions by her husband, Richard Blum, have also hurt her in recent months, such as when it was revealed that Blum had broken UC admittance rules to get underqualified students accepted.

However, the largest factor has been her age and cognitive health. In December, the New Yorker found that she is likely going through a cognitive decline, with many younger voters voicing displeasure with her intention to run again in 2024 when she is 90 years old, further compounding her cognitive issues.

“Across the board, everyone is saying that she just isn’t a good Senator anymore,” Oakland-based pollster Gerald Snyder said. “By and large, they said in the poll that she isn’t as effective now too. There are plenty of other viable Democrats and Republicans out there in California who want the chance, but she just isn’t stopping despite her personal decline. Many democrats have said that they would primary against her in 2024 and it will be interesting to see if they do.”

“What you should take away from the poll is that she is becoming more and more of a liability, with her own party now starting to have second thoughts. You can’t deny the things she has done for San Francisco and the state itself, but at a certain point you have to figure in that maybe it’s time to let someone else with new ideas and a fresh perspective in.”

The UC Berkeley IGS poll was taken in late January and was conducted with 10, 357 registered voters from across the state.

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6 thoughts on “Sen. Dianne Feinstein Hits Record Low Approval Ratings

  1. Vote out ALL SAN FRANFREAKSHOW politicians!!!

    They are ALL POLITICAL LIABILITIES to the State of California….

  2. The Pelosi-Obama Cartel will have her resign mid-term so that our Governor can APPOINT one of his minions.
    Then come the next election they will be the most revered incumbent!
    Same ole same ole.

  3. Time for DiFei to retire, she has more dementia than former Vice President Biden. She can do Exlax commercials because she always looks constipated.

  4. Isn’t it crazy how dementia is now a criteria to run for political office…….I wonder what medications she and Joe are taking.

  5. So, Mayor Moscone is shot, and DiFi just happens to be right there next to her Naval Intelligence buddies and Prentis Hale Cobb ( a Naval Intelligence Lieutenant), and she makes her famous announcement to a press conference that just happened to be there. And then this creates a show-trial that results in a massive building of the prison-industrial complex which benefits her husband who happens to have a prison-supply-business. Then in 1993, she just happens to be there at 101 California where a former Getty Oil engineer and Naval Intelligence Asset shoots up the law firm that’s suing her and takes out Ross Perot’s personal assistant and then the exact same homicide detectives from 1978 just happen to be the lead investigators and oh, it results in DiFi’s first law passing the Brady Bill and the National Crime Bill – which again benefits her husband who is now in the business of selling armored cars to police departments newly given their National Crime Bill Funds. And then DiFi shows up in 1995 introducing an antiterrorism bill two months before the OKC bombing that just happens to have blown up Ross Perot’s assistant who magically survived 101 California and was instructed to be there that day by an ATF agent the same day that all the ATF agents in OKC didn’t go to work and also happened to destroy all the Whitewater files. But never mind because DiFi’s husband is in the business of … supplying antiterrorism systems now funded by the bill.

    And don’t even get me started on DiFi and 9/11.

    1. Feinstein’s husband was also deeply involved in the Federal Student Loan program during the 1990s where his spouse, D Feinstein, was serving on the committee to oversee Federal Student loans. A no brainer she should have recused herself and they made millions on the changes to she championed regarding Federal Student Aid.

      I have been disgusted by her ever since.

      PS – I am FINALLY leaving California. I cannot stand it here any longer . . .

      PPS – would like to hear your input on Feinstein and 9/11.

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