June 23, 2005

California Poll Track

We don't generally focus too much on political horse races at this blog, but since Schwarzenegger's popularity problems stem largely from his flailing budget policy and his rather clumsy confrontation with the interests of working people (which in this case is a pretty accurate description of who he has attacked, thankfully he has basically given up on his disastrous pension "reform" plan), it seems appropriate to point out what the people of California think of him.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that his approval rating is among the lowest of all time for California Governors.
Less than a third -- 31 percent -- of the state's adults approve of the job the governor is doing in Sacramento, down from 54 percent in February. The numbers are only slightly better among registered voters, 37 percent of whom are happy with Schwarzenegger's performance and 53 percent dissatisfied.
According to the survey, only 66% of Republicans approve of the job he is doing and his overall numbers are lower than they ever were for Jerry Brown or that other famous actor-turned-politician Ronald Reagan.


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