From NBC's Chuck Todd
Pres. Obama gave shout-outs to three governors who attended today's Rose Garden announcement on the new national car emission standards. He called Governors Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.), Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) some of the "finest governors" in the country. Interestingly, majorities of residents in all three states don't seem to agree with the president on this issue.
Check out the most recent job ratings each governor received from their own constituents:
-- Granholm, who is term-limited and rumored to be on the president's Supreme Court short list, netted a 36% positive job rating according to the most recent EPIC-MRA poll of that state's voters. (conducted in late March).
-- Patrick didn't fare much better in a poll conducted around the same time (late March) by Suffolk Univ. In that poll, Patrick's job rating with Bay Staters: just 34%.
-- And then there's Arnold. The Field Poll, earlier this month, came out with a new poll showing the Governator, desperately trying to carve out a radical moderate image is finding that his policies are not popular at all. His job rating: 33%.
For those wondering, the three governors have a COLLECTIVE job rating of 34%... but who's counting.
President Obama carried all three states rather easily and all three respective governors hope to nab SOME reflected glory from the more popular president. Perhaps the president deserves some credit for not using these governor's bad poll ratings as reasons to duck being seen with them. Still, wonder if voters in these three states would agree with the president's "finest governors" description.