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“This administration is populated by people who’ve spent their careers bashing government. They’re not just small-government conservatives—they’re Grover Norquist, strangle-it-in-the-bathtub conservatives. It’s a cognitive disconnect for them to be able to do something well in an arena that they have so derided and reviled all these years.”

Senator Hillary Clinton

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Arnold holds steady

I've been thinking that the latest round of polls on both Arnold's approval and head to head match ups would see him on the rise and surpassing his opponents. But the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll reveals that all is not going according to Arnold's plan:
Even with $5 billion in surplus revenue, a popular $37 billion public works bond deal, and glowing photos ops at every turn as he signs bills around the state, Schwarzenegger's job approval ratings dropped to 36 percent among 2,000 adults questioned in a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

The poll, released today, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points and showed a two-point decline for Schwarzenegger since last month. Among 986 likely voters, his approval rating was at 42 percent, down from 46 percent a month ago.

What's more, both Angelides and Westly polled dead even with the Governor, with about a quarter of the state undecided so far. Which makes it all the more important that those 25% don't see Westly and Angelides as hellbent on raising taxes, destroying the environment, or cozying up to big oil, all claims made by one side or the other in the Democratic primary.

It's another reason to look forward to the primary vote on June 6th. Democrats need to stop fighting each other and start taking on a still vulnerable Governor.