Budget-Slashing Governors See Poll Numbers Plummet

Voters singing different tune as promises of tough cuts materialize
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2011 7:05 AM CDT
Poll Numbers Plummet for Budget-Slashing Governors John Kasich, Dan Malloy, Chris Christie
In this March 3, 2011, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in Trenton, N.J.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Last year, Americans voted in a wave of governors who vowed to cut spending—but now that leaders are actually doing so, their constituents seem to be having second thoughts. One poll finds just 30% approve of the performance of GOP Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who earlier this month outlined plans to cut Medicaid and more in the budget. Connecticut’s Democratic governor, Dan Malloy, unveiled his plan to cut spending and raise taxes ... and now has a 35% approval rating.

Even New Jersey’s Chris Christie, whom Politico calls an “icon of conservative austerity,” witnessed a 10-point fall in his approval rating after announcing his budget plans. It comes down to a “disconnect between the philosophy of smaller government” and “and what people might want to see in the very short run,” says Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a leader of the Republican Governors Association. Adds one pollster, voters don’t "have a really good sense of what significant cuts really mean." (More John Kasich stories.)

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