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Schwarzenegger poll numbers hit Gray Davis levels

Although California voters say they still support President Obama, they are far less courteous when it comes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature.

Schwarzenegger's poll numbers are now exactly the same as Gray Davis' numbers in August 2003, two months before he was recalled by California voters.The poll found about one in five voters (22%) currently approves of Schwarzenegger’s performance as governor, while 70% disapprove. They are the worst poll numbers the Field Poll has ever reported for Schwarzenegger since he took office. Schwarzenegger's numbers hit a high watermark of 65% in September 2004.

The silver lining is that Schwarzenegger's numbers are better than the Legislature's numbers. Only 16% of those surveyed have a favorable impression of state legislators while 74% disapprove. The good news? Those numbers reflect a 3% increase in the Legislature's approval ratings since March.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento

 
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