California: Approval Ratings Fall for Schwarzenegger and Feinstein, Rise for Bush and Boxer

SurveyUSA Breaking News - 05/28/08 02:04 PM


SurveyUSA each month tracks job approval data for the President, the Governor, and the two United States Senators from California. This month, two of the four find themselves with their lowest approval numbers in some time; the other two, while not in enviable positions, are watching their approval ratings swing upward.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today has a 37% approval and 60% disapproval rating. Subtracting disapproval from approval yields a Net Job Approval of Minus 23 — the lowest in our polling since May of 2006, when it reached Minus 25. Schwarzenegger’s highest approval rating was a Plus 23, recorded one year ago; his lowest ever is a Minus 33, reached twice, in both September and October of 2005.
Senator Dianne Feinstein today has a 49% approval and 47% disapproval rating, for a Net Job Approval of Plus 2 — the lowest her approval rating has ever been in SurveyUSA tracking, which began three years ago. Feinstein’s highest Net Job Approval was a Plus 26 in March 2006.

The junior United States Senator from California, Barbara Boxer, today is at Plus 6, with a 50% approval and 44% disapproval rating.  Boxer has see-sawed over the past year, seeing Net Job Approvals as high as Plus 23 in May 2007, and as low as 0, in November 2007, when her approval and disapproval ratings were each at 46%.

President George W. Bush has had a consistently negative approval rating in California, from a high of Minus 15 in May 2005 to a low of Minus 49, reached in both December 2007 and again in February of this year. Today, Bush has an approval rating of 31% and a disapproval rating of 67%, for a Net Job Approval of Minus 36, his highest rating since a Minus 33 in June 2007.

Research conducted for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno. Click the underlined names to bring up the full tracking graphs.

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