Americans' views of Congress may be negative these days, but voters' opinions of legislators in two of the nation's most populous states - California and New York - are much lower.
Only 17 percent of voters in the Golden State and the Empire State approve of the job their state lawmakers are doing, according to new polls by two different research groups. California's survey was done by the Public Policy Institute of California; the New York study was done by Quinnipiac University.
In the same California survey, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) saw his approval rating drop to 27 percent- a career low, The Los Angeles Times reports . In New York, voters are reacting to a "tumultuous year in Albany, which included (a) leadership fight in the Senate and an ongoing budget battle between Gov. David Paterson (D) and lawmakers," the (Rochester) Democrat and Chronicle reports.
In both states, the economy and state finances were at the top of voters' concerns.