Arnold’s poll numbers slip

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s job approval rating remains high, but his support has slipped from the lofty levels during his first year in office, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

    A majority of California voters also believe the state is moving in the wrong direction, according to The Field Poll.

    The poll found 55 percent of registered California voters approve of Schwarzenegger’s job performance and 35 percent disapprove.

    In September, 65 percent of voters said they approved on how Schwarzenegger oversaw the state government, versus 22 percent who said they disapproved.

    The sliding job performance rating reflects an increasingly negative view among Democrats and independents of the Republican governor. By contrast, he retains overwhelming support from Republicans, according to the poll.

    The survey found Californians’ view of the direction their state is heading has taken a negative turn over the past five months, with 53 percent of voters saying it is on the wrong track, compared with 35 percent who think it is moving in the right direction.

    In September, 38 percent said the state was headed in the wrong direction and 46 percent said is was going in the right direction.

    The Field Poll’s findings are based on a telephone survey of 1,009 adult Californians, 800 of them reporting as registered voters, in English and Spanish from February 8 to February 17. Results based on interviews with registered voters have a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.