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article imageCalifornia Gov. Schwarzenegger Approval Rating Declining

By Leo Reyes     Dec 18, 2009 in Politics
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval rating has dropped to its lowest level in years as California continues to experience economic dislocation and a lingering budget deficit under his watch
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval rating continues to plummet as Californians struggle with floundering economy and lingering budget deficit.
The Public Policy Institute of California has conducted a survey on the state of affairs of California and found that only 27 percent of Californians approved of the way the governor is doing his job. The state legislature likewise remains unpopular with only 17 percent approval rating. Around 60 percent of the respondents listed the state economy as their prime concern while around 13 percent point to the budget deficit as another cause for concern.
The State of California has been struggling under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger with close to $25 billion in budget deficit.
Early this year, the governor has declared a state of fiscal emergency in California following the failure of the legislature to address the lingering budget deficit of the largest State in the USA.
The state, whose economy would rank eighth in the world if California were a country, has been struggling with fiscal problems throughout 2009. Schwarzenegger and legislators thought they had averted the worst of the crisis when they devised a package of potential solutions in mid-February, but voters rejected all of those proposals in mid-May.
The poll also asked about the 2010 gubernatorial race. Most people indicated that they were paying little attention to it and had scant enthusiasm for the candidates. Only 10 percent of likely voters were closely following the race, the survey found, and only a third were satisfied with their choice of candidates.
The front-runner on the Democratic side is state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, who has no major competition for the nomination. In a potential November match-up, Brown led Meg Whitman among all likely voters, 43 percent to 37 percent.
Meg Whitman is the former eBay Executive who is favored by 32 percent of likely primary voters. Former Rep. Tom Campbell had 12 percent while Steve Poizner had 8 percent.
California has a high unemployment rate of around 11 percent against the national average unemployment rate of 9.4 percent.
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