Schwarzenegger approval rating hits bottom
July 14, 2010
A new Field Poll reveals that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating has dropped to a record low–now tying him with Gray Davis, the man he replaced. [Sacramento Bee]
Only 22 percent of Californians approve of the way the governor is doing his job, down a point from the last poll in March. Roughly 70 percent disapprove of his performance. Schwarzenegger’s low rating puts him exactly where Gray Davis was, two months before he was booted out in the recall election of 2003.
Schwarzenegger and Davis now share the lowest marks for a sitting governor since the Field Poll started tracking their job performance ratings in 1959.
The former Hollywood action movie star scored his highest approval ratings, of 65 percent, in 2004. But his ratings have remained below 40 percent since September 2008 and below 30 percent since last October.
One small consolation for the governor–voters think even less of the state Legislature, giving their elected representatives an anemic approval rating of 16, actually up three points from March.