As Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders were staging their comic opera showdown over water policy and the fate of 707 bills last week, the venerable Field Institute was conducting its latest poll on their standing among California voters.
Not surprisingly, the governor and lawmakers failed to complete an agreement to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and create more reliability in water supply.
Not surprisingly, Schwarzenegger backed down from his threat to veto all late session bills without a water deal.
Not surprisingly, Field's poll found that Schwarzenegger's approval rating had dipped below 30 percent for the first time in his gubernatorial reign.
And not surprisingly, "voter impressions of the job the state Legislature is doing continue to set new lows," with approval down to 13 percent.
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