Bill Richardson's Problems Hit Home

SurveyUSA has polled New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's approval rating on a monthly basis (with a couple of exceptions) since May 2005. Every month, more ...
by | February 6, 2009

SurveyUSA has polled New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's approval rating on a monthly basis (with a couple of exceptions) since May 2005. Every month, more New Mexicans have approved of the job he's doing than disapproved -- until now.

While the 47% approval, 50% disapproval showing isn't terrible, it is a dramatic reversal for someone who once was widely loved in New Mexico. Richardson hit 70% approval on several occasions according to SurveyUSA.

This is a clear reflection that New Mexico residents have taken notice of the pay-to-play allegations against the governor. That, combined with the selection of a Richardson foe as the state Senate's leader, could make for a rocky next couple of years for Richardson and could even complicate the gubernatorial bid of Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

Another governor who is hurting: Arnold Schwarzenegger, who registered his highest SurveyUSA disapproval ever, at 68%.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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