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Schwarzenegger's Approval Rating Falls To New Low

California voters give Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger the lowest rating for a sitting governor in more than 50 years, according to a new Field Poll.

In a survey released Wednesday, just 22 percent of voters said they approve of Schwarzenegger's performance, while 70 percent disapprove.

The ratings are as low as those for then-Gov. Gray Davis shortly before he was recalled from office in 2003. They are the lowest since the Field Poll began its surveys more than 50 years ago.


Just 16 percent of respondents approve of the way the Legislature is doing its job.

Field Poll surveyed 1,390 registered voters by telephone from June 22 to July 5. The poll has a sampling error rate of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.