California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earns the worst approval numbers of his tenure, according to a new poll, becoming another governor whose ratings have been dragged down along with the battered economy.
Today’s poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows just 28% of Californians give a thumbs-up to Schwarzenegger’s job performance. Those are the lowest numbers for a Golden State governor since August 2003, when former Gov. Gray Davis was facing a recall election.
Only 14% of those polled say the state is headed in the right direction, and three out of every four residents say they expect bad financial conditions over the next year, according to the poll.
Of course, it’s not the best time to be a governor these days, what with the struggling economy hampering state budgets.
Actually the second half of that sentence is a complete inversion of reality: it’s California’s massive budgets, and the leviathan state government they fuel, that’s hampering its economy and furthering the state’s Rendezvous With Scarcity.
Still though, Arnold will always be loved where it really counts: in the pages of Time magazine.
Related: Hugh Hewitt on “California’s Man Made Drought.”