Monday, March 2, 2009
Richardson's Approval Rating Plunges
A Survey USA poll of 600 New Mexicans last week showed the governor's approval rating has dropped to a low of 41 percent. In the past his approval ratings have been in the high 60's and low 70's. The drop is almost certainly due to the investigation under way in the U.S. Attorney's Office over the relationship between contributions to PACs controlled by the governor and the granting of contractual work to CDR, a bonding firm from Beverly Hills, a few years ago. The investigation prevented the governor from accepting a nomination as Commerce Secretary under President Barack Obama. By way of comparison, President Bush's approval rating as President was in the low-to-mid 30's during much of 2008, dropping in some surveys to the lowest level ever recorded.