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Abercrombie's job approval rating at lowest level for U.S. governors

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:47 p.m. HST, Oct 21, 2011

Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s job approval rating has plummeted since March, a new survey shows.

The Hawaii Democrat’s job approval is just 30 percent, down from 48 percent in March, according to Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh, N.C., firm. The firm found that he had the dubious distinction of the worst job approval rating among governors.

Most significantly, Abercrombie’s support has fallen among Democrats, the poll shows. Just 43 percent of Democrats approve of the governor’s job performance, down from 66 percent in March.

“I think Abercrombie’s issues might be part of the reason for Linda Lingle’s image resurgence over the last six months,” according to a post by Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling. “Folks who might have burned out on her by the end of her time in office may now be looking at her in comparison to their feelings about Abercrombie and coming to the conclusion that she wasn’t so bad.”

The automated telephone poll was taken among 568 voters from Oct. 13 to Oct. 16. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.

"Polls are not our focus," Donalyn Dela Cruz, an Abercrombie spokeswoman, said in an email. "The governor's focus is on looking at all avenues to boost our economy. We're making progress in education and energy and we will continue to build upon that momentum."

A Hawaii Poll taken for the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now in May had Abercrombie’s job approval rating at 50 percent.

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Poipounder808 wrote:
"Polls are not our focus," Donalyn Dela Cruz, an Abercrombie spokeswoman, said in an email. "The governor's focus is on looking at all avenues to boost our economy. We're making progress in education and energy and we will continue to build upon that momentum." Now of course if his job ratings were high they would be milking it for all that it is worth.
on October 21,2011 | 12:35PM
Changalang wrote:
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on October 21,2011 | 04:04PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
He's about as popular as his buddy Obama.
on October 21,2011 | 06:00PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
His popularity is the lowest in the entire Unite States!!!! We're #1...we're #1....finally we've reached #1 for something.
on October 21,2011 | 05:03PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Wow. That high?
on October 21,2011 | 12:41PM
omd111 wrote:
Only reason that it's that high is because of the blind party followers will never go against the party.
on October 21,2011 | 06:55PM
Changalang wrote:
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on October 21,2011 | 12:43PM
Wazdat wrote:
on October 21,2011 | 03:08PM
Changalang wrote:
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on October 21,2011 | 03:49PM
pakeheat wrote:
From a pake to another pake, I guess drinking that kool-aid and whatever else that you are smoking helps, LOL.
on October 21,2011 | 04:49PM
Changalang wrote:
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on October 21,2011 | 05:53PM
rkyono wrote:
Schotts, is that you?
on October 21,2011 | 07:32PM
laughingone wrote:
changalang.....braddah Neil, you gotta stop witing coments in the paper about yourself
on October 21,2011 | 07:41PM
pakeheat wrote:
Oh I see you have your eyes wide open alright, maybe when election comes two years from now, zombie and obuma will be gone, tape will do you good to close your eyes permanently.
on October 21,2011 | 09:13PM
scooters wrote:
The blind leading the blind. Get your head out of the sand box!
on October 21,2011 | 08:35PM
scooters wrote:
Never happen! This guy couldn't clean up the horse droppings at a parade.
on October 21,2011 | 08:33PM
scooters wrote:
Never happen! This guy couldn't even clean up the horse dropping after a parade!
on October 21,2011 | 08:38PM
dalawyer wrote:
Ouch! That hurt's! What a great spokeswoman the governor has in Dela Cruz. Completely oblivious to the real issues Ambercrombie has with the residents of Hawaii. Cannot, has not, and will not, get along with his constituents and cabinet members!!!! What good is this governor to the state of Hawaii?
on October 21,2011 | 12:47PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
How long before Dela Cruz decides she wants to spend more time with her family and resigns?
on October 21,2011 | 03:51PM
omd111 wrote:
LOL. She can help her loser brother Donovan.
on October 21,2011 | 06:56PM
st1d wrote:
even his cabinet members have started abandoning him and his promise for a "new day." . . . . . . . . the cover story of cabinet members leaving to spend more time with family doesn't jive with the latest reports of sunshine topping, the ex-director of the state department of human resources development, being hired by hawaiian airlines as the director of their recruiting department. . . . . . . . and she bailed out of abercrombie's cabinet in september, so much for family time.
on October 21,2011 | 12:49PM
Ambergris23 wrote:
A new day .... in France A new day ..... in Asia Abs is spending a new day everywhere except HI. I can't wait til it's a new day.... out of office.
on October 21,2011 | 07:18PM
Naloboy wrote:
WHAT a surprise!!!!! Numbers this low when he's doing SUCH a great job???? Must be some error in the polling. Gotta be. And oh yeah....he ought to tell Dela Cruz to takea Cruz. But that will never happen because then he'd be the shortest person in the office again.
on October 21,2011 | 01:13PM
nalogirl wrote:
Abercrombie and the state of Hawaii are the laughing stalk of the nation. Polls are not your focus? What about the people of Hawaii? I guess we are not Abercrombie's focus either. I'm glad I didn't vote for him. WHAT A JOKE, we're in for a long bumpy ride.
on October 21,2011 | 01:14PM
SmedleyFerndock wrote:
Neil's "New Daze" program seems to be working, 70% of the people are in a daze as to what the program is all about.
on October 21,2011 | 01:35PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I would argue that there is a direct correlation between the cost of living and poll ratings. Unfortunately for the people of Hawaii the legislature, mayors and governor have done very little to decrease the cost of living. They do get an "A" for increasing the cost of living. Ya' all must be cool with this since you continue to vote in the incumbents year after year...
on October 21,2011 | 01:42PM
farmbuoy wrote:
Well said.
on October 21,2011 | 06:15PM
eros_et_logia wrote:
as much as I couldn't stand him as our U.S. Rep, I actually approve of the job he's doing in office. He has no place to go after this- no golden carrot- he's doing what he thinks is right. Special interests- all that we're all ohana B.S.- he doesn't give a flying donkey about it. Hail the Hippie.
on October 21,2011 | 02:23PM
vernchs wrote:
By the way he will be getting his State retirement based on his last three years of pay so our State retirement system will be paying him when he retires at his present salary. So he collects retirement from the Feds and our State. I'm willing to bet he doesn't retire in Hawaii.....too expensive. For a New York born Anglo Saxon, he's done very well at our expense, or in financial terms, laughing all the way to the bank. If all things being equal, next time put a local in office at least he'll probably retire here and spend his taxpayer sponsored retirement checks here.......
on October 21,2011 | 09:55PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Dela Cruz actually went on tv last week and said the reason four staffers left in one week was "It's true. They all want to spend more time with family." And they all decided it on the same day. Please: Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.
on October 21,2011 | 02:58PM
mynah wrote:
This bird's eye view is that this governor does not know how to govern.
on October 21,2011 | 03:03PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
He was too long in DC and out of touch with Hawai`i nei...and with no experience in management or administration. Being one of the gang of 435 in the House does not prepare one for a job as Governor.
on October 21,2011 | 06:32PM
Anonymous wrote:
I wouldn't look so much at the percentage as the place. I don't think very many governors have a very favorable rating right now. That just comes with the territory of leading a state through one of the worst recessions in history. My bigger question, if I was Neil, would be "Why is my approval rating the lowest when my state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country?" And I think part of the answer has to do with openness and communication. I think everyone understands the need for austerity but the governor has been less than forthright in his dealings with the public. I also have no problem, nor do I think many people do, with his statement that "I'm here to be your governor, not your friend". That's very true and most people understand when he has to make tough decisions that hurt. But he does things with an attitude that seems like he's purposely doing things to NOT be our friend. Everything from the governor comes out tasting like medicine where he's going to shove it down our throats because its good for us so we should just shut up and swallow it. The governor's spokeswoman carries on that same type of "attitude" that reeks of "How dare you question what we're doing? We know what's good for you!!" Both of the need to understand that many of their decisions or actions will help some people while harming others. They need to show a little more compassion for those who are going to be harmed by their actions.
on October 21,2011 | 03:10PM
nalogirl wrote:
While I don't agree with you on all points, I completely agree with your take of the attitude of this administration. Dela Cruz's remark was like a slap in the face. I'm tired of her condensending statements. You would think that after the big shake up of his staff, Abercrombie's "spokesperson" would have a little more tact.
on October 21,2011 | 03:38PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yup. I'm glad I wasn't being overly sensitive when I winced when I read her comments. Definitely not filled with the aloha spirit. You have a great weekend, nalogirl!
on October 21,2011 | 06:03PM
Maipono wrote:
He's a really special guy, our Guv. He has made a "top" list in less than 12 months. Hopefully the voters take note and vote for the right person next time!
on October 21,2011 | 03:20PM
omd111 wrote:
Hey...he's NUMBER 1
on October 21,2011 | 06:59PM
4nford wrote:
How about a vote of no confidence?
on October 21,2011 | 03:34PM
Kakukilla wrote:
This nothing NEW, When he was the young representative for the State of Hawaii he was the worse in Washington.
on October 21,2011 | 03:47PM
CloudForest wrote:
It's such a shame that Hawaii Nei is infected wit the "big lie" that the state can take care of everything. It can't and that's a fact of human nature, the American dream is that we all have the opportunity to pursue happiness (not given it) , something that can't be promised nor produced by any state or any political party and especially by any governor. Oh Neil, you are acting like a hippie that aged poorly and has dementia! So sad, the next election can't get here soon enough
on October 21,2011 | 03:48PM
Eagle156 wrote:
He lost me and many others when he gave his blessing to the rail project, without studying it, because Dan and Peter told him to approve it.
on October 21,2011 | 03:55PM
Changalang wrote:
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on October 21,2011 | 03:57PM
SmedleyFerndock wrote:
Neil is Governor because he was perceived to be the lesser evil in the primary and the lesser evil in the general election. Whether he actual turns out to be the lesser evil remains to be determined. A Governor as any chief executive needs to determine the largest threat in the house and address during the first year in office and then build good will thereafter. The greatest threat to Hawaii is the public worker retirement fund burden and its impact on Hawaii's future fiscal integrity. Neil punted on the biggest challenge, the future looks dim both for him and the state.
on October 21,2011 | 04:19PM
Changalang wrote:
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on October 21,2011 | 04:38PM
Pacej001 wrote:
The latest grand total for unfunded public worker healthcare and pension benefits is ringing in at $21 billion. The tax bill to support this black hole will be massive, constitution or no. Constitutions can be amended.
on October 21,2011 | 06:31PM
rkyono wrote:
Schattz, is that you again?
on October 21,2011 | 07:34PM
hon2255 wrote:
He is a crappy governor, does not know how to run a government, staff leaves, wonder why! , this guy has no clue. One term and done, get him out of here. Pushing a fool hardy rail transit system that will further bankrupt us and our kids, having to pay for something we cannot afford to maintain ,to top it off ,it is a ugly monstrosity Neal! Ruin our city skyline. Thanks for nothing Abercrumbie.
on October 21,2011 | 05:03PM
butinski wrote:
How people's attitude change, like the shifting wind. Fickle! I bet most of you posters voted for him over Aiona. What would you have done differently?
on October 21,2011 | 05:14PM
farmbuoy wrote:
I voted for the Duke. Now others are seeing the light. Impeach the fireplug!
on October 21,2011 | 05:53PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
WOW...I don't think there is a paper in the nation that didn't run with this story. I just happened across a paper in Charleston, WV that ran it. (Charleston Daily Mail) You'd be amazed how many people know the inner working of our culture over there...
on October 21,2011 | 05:39PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Uhm...no surprise to me.
on October 21,2011 | 05:46PM
Anonymous wrote:
30% ??? that high?
on October 21,2011 | 06:02PM
bulldog1 wrote:
Never trust a politician, especially Abercrombie. Those "hard decisions" represent a poor excuse. It's a matter of time before Donalyn can't hold things up and leaves for "personal reasons" too.
on October 21,2011 | 06:07PM
Anonymous wrote:
Gee, couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Donalyn Dela Cruz is quickly becoming the faithful lap dog, who defends the hand that feeds her. I thought that journalists were supposed to be grounded in ethics, but something seems to happen when they get hired as spokespersons for politicians and organizations. It gets a little forced to say some of things she has to say, and say it with conviction. Truth is Abercrombie is just listening to his cronies and NOT to the people who elected him, so he really doesn't care. Do what you can in your remaining time, Neil. Take all the trips you can to the East and Paris. And spend that $300,000 annual home allowance to the last penny. That's something the average retiree and worker doesn't get. Spend like crazy, cus you're not getting a second term. Leave a legacy of pure egotism. ABAA - Anyone But Arrogant Abercrombie.
on October 21,2011 | 07:09PM
soundofreason wrote:
"A Hawaii Poll taken for the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now in May had Abercrombie’s job approval rating at 50 percent." - Yes, but that WAS in May. "New Day=New Month=New Rating"....Welcome to YOUR "New Day" Neil!
on October 21,2011 | 07:12PM
mcc wrote:
Too many secrets. People want to know what the crooks are doing.
on October 22,2011 | 08:07AM
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