Politics Digest

Politics Digest: Schwarzenegger's Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

APPROVAL RATINGS

Schwarzenegger Hits All-Time Low

A new Field poll in California shows that only 27 percent of voters approve of the job Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing as governor, his lowest rating in the six years since he took office after the recall of Gov. Gray Davis (D).

Sixty-five percent disapprove -- a stunning turnaround from September 2004, when two-thirds of voters approved of the job the Republican was doing.

Schwarzenegger's current job approval rating is the second lowest among the past six California governors as measured by the Field poll -- higher only than the 22 percent for Davis in August 2003.

State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, one of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination to replace Schwarzenegger in 2010, is already trying to tie opponent Meg Whitman to the incumbent.

"California has had enough of celebrity candidates who think they can buy the race," Poizner said.

Whitman is a quasi-celebrity candidate because of the decade she spent as the chief executive of eBay.

-- Chris Cillizza

GUANTANAMO BAY

Spain May Accept More Than 3 Detainees

With the process of closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center running behind schedule, President Obama on Tuesday discussed the effort to transfer prisoners abroad with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

Zapatero, in his first White House visit in many years, said he spoke with Obama about Spain's offer to take three prisoners. "President Obama welcomed the initiative of Spain," Zapatero said. "We are still assessing the exact numbers."

U.S. officials had hoped Spain would take at least five of the remaining 200 prisoners as part of ongoing negotiations with numerous countries. A steady trickle of detainees has been transferred abroad, but the administration is having difficulty placing or deciding whether to prosecute the most difficult cases, one reason the prison is not expected to close by the January deadline.


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