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Schwarzenegger's Approval Rating Slips

BCN | April 7, 2005

SAN JOSE -- The results of a new poll released today by San Jose State University show that less than half of state voters approve of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's performance, a 10-point decline since January.

According to the Survey and Policy Research Institute survey conducted last week, Schwarzenegger now has 43 percent support among all adults and 49 percent support from registered voters.

Schwarzenegger's diminished numbers are related to another poll finding that 39 percent of Californians believe the state is on the right track. That number was 52 percent in January, according to institute Director Phil Trounstine.

"The right track/wrong track numbers have basically reversed from the beginning of the year," Trounstine said. "People listen to what the governor says and when he's constantly out on the stump arguing the state is a mess it has an effect."

The poll results show that state residents are beginning to conclude that the governor is contributing to the state's difficulties instead of solving them, according to Trounstine.

"The problem is he's not an outsider anymore. He's an insider. It's his mess," Trounstine said. "In addition, it appears that Governor Schwarzenegger, by taking on teachers, nurses and public safety workers, has begun to lose some of his nonpartisan appeal to independents and moderates."

The poll was conducted between March 28 and April 1 by the institute at San Jose State University. Statewide, 1,030 California adults, including 736 registered voters, were interviewed. The poll has a 3.05 percent margin of error among adults and a 3.6 percent margin of error for registered voters, according to Trounstine.

Trounstine, a longtime reporter and columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, served as communications director for former Gov. Gray Davis from 1999 to 2001 before coming to SJSU.

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