updated 3/21/2010 5:47:15 PM ET 2010-03-21T21:47:15

A new survey by the Field Poll shows California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's public opinion rating has slumped to a new low.

Results from a survey released Sunday show that only 23 percent of people asked approved of the job the governor is doing, while 71 percent disapproved.

Poll officials say Sunday's assessment is the lowest approval rating the governor has received since he took office.

It also is statistically equivalent to the all-time record low job appraisal that voters gave to Democrat Gray Davis shortly before he was recalled from office in 2003.

The Field Poll found only 13 percent of the voters asked approved of the job the state Legislature is doing, while 78 percent disapproved.

The latest Field Poll was conducted during a telephone survey of 503 registered voters across the state.

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