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Amid scandal, Schwarzenegger's popularity hits all-time low, poll shows

June 17, 2011 | 11:16 am

Schwarz Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t governor anymore. But his poll numbers continue to slide.

A new Field Poll released Friday found three of four California voters surveyed have a negative image of Schwarzenegger in the wake of revelations he fathered a boy 14 years ago with a former household staff member.

That’s lower than at anytime during his two terms in office.

Perhaps most striking is the poll found the former Republican governor’s 75% unfavorable rating knows no political, geographical or demographic bounds.

Whether Democrat or Republican, young or old, male or female, north or south, Anglo or non-white, Schwarzenegger’s image among voters is at an all-time low.

Statewide, 20% of those surveyed had a favorable view of Schwarzenegger.

His personal approval rating in previous polls fluctuated while in office and was as high as 63% as recently as March 2007.

The distance of his fall from grace is shocking, said Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo.

“This was one of the biggest movie stars in the world,” DiCamillo said. “He had phenomenal celebrity, he was married to a Kennedy, he had all these storybook qualities to his life ... People really took the Kool-Aid.

“His image ratings have always been higher than his job ratings,” he added. “Now his personal rating is as low as his job rating.”

And no where was it lower than in Democrat-dominated Los Angeles County, where only 10% of poll respondents viewed Schwarzenegger favorably.

By comparison, the liberal San Francisco area gave Schwarzenegger (relatively) high marks -- 26% of those surveyed still had a favorable view of him.

“The Bay Area was a little more tolerant of his indiscretions than elsewhere,” DiCamillo said. “People there tend to let it all hang out.”


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Photo: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Credit: Los Angeles Times