Arnold Schwarzenegger's role as California Governor is losing it shine, with his approval ratings dropping to an all-time low.

Californians' disapproval of Governor Gray Davis led to him losing his position in 2003, following a recall election from which Republican Schwarzenegger walked away victorious.

But now, in a poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, close to 54 per cent of Californians say they disapprove of the Austria native's performance - almost double the 28 per cent a year ago and slowly approaching the 67 per cent who weren't impressed with Davis two years ago.

TIM HODSON, executive director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, says, "Schwarzenegger is crashing and burning because votes now view him as just another partisan politician and because people just want government to do its job."

Schwarzenegger has yet to announce if he will be running for re-election in November 2006.