Sacramento, CA — California voters are feeling a little better about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to a poll released today that finds his approval ratings rising slightly since last fall.
The poll by the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University is the first sign that Schwarzenegger´s recent moves to reposition himself in the political center are paying off.
Statewide, 40 percent of voters said they approve of the job Schwarzenegger is doing, with 51 percent saying they disapprove. That´s slightly better than the 36 percent approval rating he received in the university´s September poll.
It found that Schwarzenegger´s standing has improved most among Democrats and independent voters. The survey found that Schwarzenegger´s approval rating grew from 17 percent in September to 23 percent this month.
Among independents, that number grew from 26 percent to 39 percent. Democrats and independent voters comprise two-thirds of California´s registered voters but generally opposed the governor´s agenda for the November special election.
Meanwhile, the governor´s approval has dropped somewhat among members of his own Republican Party in the last four months, from 66 percent to 61 percent.
The survey, drawn from telephone interviews with 757 registered voters, took place over a five-day period ending January 6th. The sampling error for the poll was plus or minus three-point-six percentage points.