Governor Gibbons Approval Rating Low

Congressman Jim Gibbons, R-Nevada

Eight months into his first term, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons faces an overall approval rating of only 33 percent in a new Reno Gazette-Journal poll.

The poll of 600 likely voters showed that 49 percent of those surveyed conducted for the paper by Research 2000 disapprove of the job the first term Republican governor is doing.

Democrats gave Gibbons the poorest marks in the Aug. 14-16 survey. A breakdown shows that only 18 percent of the Democrats approve of his job performance while 74 percent disapprove.

The poll, which has a margin of error of plus of minus 4 percent, also shows that 51 percent of Republicans surveyed approve of his performance and 27 percent of independents approve.

The numbers contrast with a recent poll done by Glen Bolger, Gibbons' pollster during his campaign. The Bolger survey showed the governor with a 49 percent overall approval rating.

Gibbons spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin said poll numbers tend to fluctuate and in any case the governor --quote-- "sets policy and priorities by what's best for the state's future and not what is best for the latest poll."