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

January 24, 2010 |  3:51 pm

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