Gov. Bill Richardson, whose poll numbers in the past two years rarely dipped below 60 percent, has sunk to a 47 percent approval level, according to the latest SurveyUSA poll.
50 percent disapprove, the poll says.
It's possible, however, that Richardson is counting his blessings. Despite nearly a month of bad publicity about various pay-to-play allegations and other controversies, he's still just below the 50 percent mark.
However in the Dec. 22 SurveyUSA poll, taken after Richardson was tapped by Barack Obama to be his Commerce secretary, Richardson's approval rate was 61 percent. (See the tracking graph HERE.)
And in May 2007, a couple of weeks before his disastrous Meet the Press interview, Richardson was soaring with a 74 percent approval rating.
Richardson, naturally scores highest with Hispanics and Democrats.
But some numbers have to worry him. A full 70 percent of voters who identify themselves as "independent" say they disapprove of his performance.
And 33 percents of Democrats -- that's right, Democrats, disapprove.
UPDATE: Forgot to include these basics -- the automated phone poll surveyed 600 adults in New Mexico (as opposed to registered or "likely" voters) on Jan. 20 and 21. It is sponsored by KOB TV.
Speaking of scandals, it looks like a couple of recent ones are converging. Read Kate Nash's story about the lawyer in the Vanderbilt case subpoenaing the records of the Moving America Forward Foundation.