California voters give Senator Dianne Feinstein the lowest approval rating of the powerful Democrat’s nearly 20-year career in Washington, according to a poll released on Friday.

The Field Research Corp poll estimated voters who do not want Feinstein to win reelection in 2012 to another six-year term at 44 percent, compared to 41 percent who favor her.

That is the first time the Field Poll has seen a larger share of voters say they are opposed to seeing Feinstein win reelection compared to the percentage who favor her election.

Feinstein is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and has a reputation for being more conservative than California’s other Senator, Barbara Boxer, also a Democrat.

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