Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Schwarzenegger Support Crashes -Poll

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger suddenly ranks among the most unpopular governors in modern California history, as residents grow increasingly unhappy about the action hero-turned-politician's budget plans and his call for a special election, according to a new Field Poll.

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.

"There's very little for the governor to cheer about in this poll,'' said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll. "There's a very broad-based view that the governor is off on the wrong track.''

Schwarzenegger's approval rating among registered voters is lower than any number recorded by the Field Poll for governors Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown and George Deukmejian. He now ranks fourth in unpopularity, behind Democrats Gray Davis and Pat Brown and Republican Pete Wilson.

Schwarzenegger's high-profile battle with the Democrat-led Legislature and his continuing disputes with groups representing California teachers, nurses and public employees have taken a toll. Only 16 percent of registered Democrats approve of the job the governor is doing, while his support among nonpartisan voters has shrunk to 35 percent, down from 48 percent four months ago. Schwarzenegger's sinking support even shows up among Republicans, where his approval numbers have fallen from 84 percent in February to 66 percent in the new survey.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does Schwarzenegger's unpopularity matter? While he's in power, the machinery is either being put in place to enable him to steal the next election or, if he loses, he would be replaced by a Democrat who would be just as bad.

Popularity now seems to be irrelevant in politics - notice, for example, Chancellor Schroeder's determination to stay the course of his unpopular policies despite perpetual reverses at the polls. You'd think unpopularity would lead him to change his policies - but no, he is as determined as ever. What this means, folks, is that the game plan no longer requires any more popular support than can be cynically mobilized just before an election. Afterwards, it simply doesn't matter.

10:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duh, don't make me grab your ass!

2:24 pm  
Blogger TS Gordon said...

I'll agree with the 'social democrat' although I'm not sure you would accept my defination of the term.

As a high-school friend of Bill Clinton (mom ran his first election) I can say that he was most successful at playing the game itself and that's about all there was to it. Some of us challenged the notion that he had been trained for the job as President, noting the distinct 'linearity' about his platform from the day he returned from Oxford. I often think to write a piece called: "Why Bill Clinton won't look me in the eye" but it's all so tedious, looking back.

Anyone who still believes in the right of free elections in this country, or the very possibility of society embracing and nurturing what you and I might call 'family values,' is a hopeless romantic.

There is no 'Next' election.

4:49 am  

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