Things to get worse after Schwarzenegger's tenure is over: poll

16:22, January 25, 2010      

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Many voters are disappointed with Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's job six years into his tenure and believe things will get worse, the latest Field Poll showed Sunday.

The survey found 59 percent of those surveyed believe the state will be in worse condition after Schwarzenegger's tenure is over.

Only 7 percent of the registered voters surveyed said Schwarzenegger will leave state government in better shape than he found it, when he took over from Gray Davis in late 2003.

Just 27 percent of the electorate now approves of the job Schwarzenegger is doing, equaling the lowest ratings he received in office last October, according to the poll conducted by California Politics' Anthony York, a self-claimed non-partisan institution.

Views of the governor are negative across all demographic subgroups of the registered voter population.

By last October, Schwarzenegger had called lawmakers into special session 16 times, setting a record for any California governor in history, reports say. However, his success rate -- measured by legislation produced from those special sessions -- is the lowest of any governor in the modern era.

The latest Field Poll survey was completed by telephone on Jan. 5-17, 2010 among a total of 1,232 registered voters in California. The survey was conducted in six languages and dialects -- English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese -- based on the preference of the voters.

Source: Xinhua
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