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Taft rating doesn't budge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Bob Taft's approval rating, at an all-time low in a February poll, hasn't improved since then, according to an Ohio Poll released Monday.

The poll, conducted by the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research found that 40 percent of Ohioans approved of his performance. That matches the number the poll found in February. His lowest rating before then -- 49 percent -- was in the first Ohio Poll taken after he assumed office, in March 1999.

The telephone poll of 840 adults was conducted from April 11 through April 25, although no polling was done on April 20, Easter Sunday. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

The poll found 50 percent disapproved of Taft's performance, a statistically insignificant change from the 48 percent who disapproved in Feburary. Twenty-eight percent blamed Taft's budget proposals for their disapproval.

Taft (pictured, above) has made tough choices trying to balance the budget and those moves have not been popular, said Orest Holubec, the governor's spokesman.

"Unlike our federal counterparts, governors have to balance
budgets. While the governor realizes some decisions are unpopular, he believes they are necessary to restore Ohio's fiscal stability," Holubec said.

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