Arnold’s approval hits new low
December 17, 2009
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating as governor has dropped to a new low, according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. [Los Angeles Times]
Voters, concerned by the economy and the state’s dismal finances, give the governor poor marks — only 27 percent of Californians approve of the job he’s doing. The Legislature remains unpopular, with an approval rating of just 17 percent.
More than 60 percent of respondents said the economy and jobs topped their list of concerns. State budget problems were the second most cited worry, with 13 percent calling the budget the most important issue facing the state.
The poll also asked about the 2010 gubernatorial race. Most people indicated that they were paying little attention to it and had scant enthusiasm for the candidates. Only 10 percent of likely voters were closely following the race, the survey found, and only 32 percent were satisfied with their choice of candidates.
State budget problems were the second most cited worry, with 13 percent calling the budget the most important issue facing the state. Answering a separate question, 88 percent said the state’s budget situation was a big problem.