Oh, How the Physically Mighty Has Politically Fallen

New poll shows low opinion of the Governator

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    No one could question the career success of Arnold Schwarzenegger the actor.  He's made millions for himself, not to mention Hollywood.

    When it comes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's success, however, there is real reason for doubt. Especially if you take into account the opinions of those he serves in the Golden State: According to a new poll, only seven percent of California voters think he will leave the state in better condition than he found it.  

    Most think he will leave it in worse shape than when he was elected in 2003.

    The new Field Poll shows he is at an all-time low when it comes to his job-approval rating. The former bodybuilder scored a wimpy 27 percent.

    The Field Poll surveyed 1,232 registered voters in California from Jan. 5-17. It has a margin of sampling error of 2.9 percentage points.

    His tenure as governor started with such promise in the eyes of the voters. Back in 2003, he had some of the highest job performance ratings ever given to a sitting California governor.

    In the movies there would still be time for a big comeback. But the script for the former action hero doesn't that have many more scenes. To turn around the state -- not to mention Californians' opinion of him -- he'll have to stage one heck of a finale.