A new Field Poll finds three of four Californians surveyed have a negative image of Arnold Schwarzenegger, shown discussing the state budget in 2009. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press / June 2, 2009)

By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t governor anymore. But his poll numbers continue to slide.

A new Field Poll released Friday found three of four California voters surveyed have a negative image of Schwarzenegger in the wake of the revelation that he fathered a boy 14 years ago with a former household staff member.

That’s lower than at any time during his two terms in office.

Perhaps most striking: The former Republican governor’s 75% unfavorable rating knows no political, geographical or demographic bounds. Whether Democrat or Republican, young or old, male or female, white or non-white — voters’ image of Schwarzenegger is at an all-time low.

Statewide, only 20% of those surveyed had a favorable view of Schwarzenegger.

“The only surprise to me is that anybody still likes him,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College.

Schwarzenegger’s approval rating fluctuated while he was in office, reaching as high as 63% in March 2007.

“People could be disappointed in his performance as governor but still like him personally. They could say he held the job in difficult times or the Legislature wasn’t cooperative…” Pitney said. “But this is something that’s clearly his fault and it says something terrible about his character.”

The distance of Schwarzenegger’s fall from grace is shocking, said Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo.

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