Concern about the economy has pushed President Barack Obama’s approval rating below 50 percent in California, a state assumed to be an easy win for him in next year’s presidential election.

Obama carried California in the 2008 election but Field Poll findings released on Wednesday show he is having trouble in the most populous U.S. state, where most disapprove of his handling of the economy and just 46 percent of registered voters now support his performance as president.

It is the first time since Obama took office that his approval rating has slipped below 50 percent in the poll, which showed an 8 percentage point decline since June.

The percentage of California voters disinclined to re-elect Obama was 44 percent — compared with 40 percent in June and March — while 49 percent are inclined to vote for him next year, unchanged from June and March.

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