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Schwarzenegger leaves California in worse shape than when he arrived, poll finds

IMAGE: Gov. Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.

Remember back in 2003, when voters decided Gray Davis was running the state into the ground and picked a movie superhero to lead California?

Well, a new poll finds that Californians believe Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a mess of things.

According to California Politics' Anthony York, a majority of Californians believe California is worse off now than when Schwarzenegger took office in late 2003, a new Field Poll finds.

The survey found 59% of those surveyed believe the state will be in worse condition after Schwarzenegger’s tenure is over. Only 7% of the registered voters surveyed  think Schwarzenegger will leave state government in better shape than he found it, when he took over from Davis.

There is more breaking politics news at The Times' state political blog including:


--TAXES: Schwarzenegger has said he won’t support any new broad-based taxes to close the state’s $20-billion budget shortfall. But that isn’t stopping Democrats from pushing ahead with plans for them.

--BUDGET:Controller John Chiang said today that without “prompt action” by state leaders, come spring California will again not have enough money to pay its bills.

--BOXER: With Democrats increasingly anxious about this year's midterm election in the face of  stubbornly high unemployment, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today came out against a second term for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke.

Read more here.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: The governor with Gray Davis and Pete Wilson in 2007. Associated Press

 
Comments () | Archives (17)

So now we have two more arrogant but monied amateurs who think they can be senator and governor with one hand tied behind their back?

The whole world now is worse than when it was in 2003, how can you blame it on Arnold??? I can't even imagine if it were G. Davis in charge during these rough years.

Hopefully Sen. Boxer won't have much to worry about after November. She continually makes poor choices and plays politics to better herself rather than champion for the people.

WORST GOVERNOR EVER...........! Wheres my bumber sticker...?

thanks, unions & democrats!worse to come.

told ya so

And his wife's a lawbreaker!

So are we going to vote out ALL the politicians and give someone else a chance?

Let those clowns go get a job in the private sector!!!!

IT NOT THE GOVERNOR FAULT, IT IS THE INCOMPETENT FED WHO DON"T NAIL THE CROOKED BANKERS THAT BRING THE NATION DOWN. THESE CRY BABIES,GREEDY CEO CAN'T BAIL THEMSELVE OUT. ONLY THE BRAIN DAMAGE,WELFARE, FREE HAND OUT GROUPS WOULD BLAME THE GOVERNOR

Schwarzenegger is a disappointment. I think he lost his will to fight a long time ago and just rolled over... but Boxer is absolutely vile. She's a thief, in my opinion. And arrogant as heck. It will be my pleasure to support whoever is running against her. Entitlement mentality in government needs to stop!

Schwarzenegger needs go go! How embarrassing for Maria! She should be ashamed of him - poor Job done!

Can't we just fast forward to the next election for California governor so we can get rid of Arnie??? He's been a disaster from the get-go.

Arnold a super failure, except of course for his rich friends, as always with the repubs. Your poll confirms what I've been commenting on for months. His current budget: no new taxes on the rich, no cutting tax breaks for corporations, decimate the poor, attack the middle class by getting rid of union protections and pensions. Less than a year to go. He'll fail again this year and then goodbye. Just like with Bush on the national scene, it will take years to repair all the damage.

...and a lot of other things beyond Governor Schwarzenegger's control have occurred since 2003 which still would have left California in worse shape now than it was in 2003.

To blame Schwarzenegger is the easy way out. Anyone who had been governor would be in the same situation-Republican or Democrat. Stop the tax and spenders before they bleed us dry. The rob from Peter to pay Paul philosophy has got to stop.

when are we going to start electing smart people?
Let's make him the Governor because he's a B actor.
See what you got?

Maybe it's time to go independent...


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