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(CNN) - He used to get big numbers at the box office, but when it comes to his current approval rating as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is no blockbuster.
A new poll suggests that just over one in four California voters approves of the job Schwarzenegger is doing as governor of the Golden State, his lowest rating ever.
Twenty-seven percent of people questioned in a Field Poll released Tuesday morning give Schwarzenegger a thumbs-up, the first time in his nearly six years as governor that his approval rating has dropped below 30 percent. The survey also indicates that nearly two out of three voters, 65 percent, disapprove of Schwarzenegger's performance as California governor.
The moderate Republican is term-limited, and cannot run for re-election next year.
"Most polls show that the drop in Schwarzenegger's approval ratings started just as the recession began in late 2007 and early 2008," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "When the economy was good, his approval ratings were over 50 percent. Once the recession began, those numbers dipped into the 40s ,and the general trend has been downhill ever since. Many voters blame an incumbent governor when the economy turns sour, and it looks like California is no exception."
According to the Field Poll, the only California governor to have a lower approval rating over the past 50 years was Grey Davis in 2003. Davis was re-called from office that year in a special election. Schwarzenegger was elected to replace him, and re-elected three years ago with 56 percent of the vote.
As low as Schwarzenegger's rating stands, state lawmakers draw even lower marks. The survey suggests that just 13 percent of Californians approve of how the state legislature is handling its duties, with 78 percent disapproving - the worst rating ever for the legislature in the Field Poll's history.
The Field Poll was conducted September 18-October 5, with 1,005 registered California voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.