Poll: Bush Gets 76 Percent Favorable Rating In Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) - President Bush received a favorable rating from 76 percent of Ohioans surveyed about his performance, with supporters praising him for leading the nation's fight against terrorism, the Ohio Poll reported Friday.

Twenty-one percent of those surveyed disapproved of Bush's job performance and 3 percent had no opinion, the poll reported.

Of those who gave Bush a favorable rating, 21 percent credited the president for leadership in the U.S. war on terrorism and 19 percent said they liked the administration's foreign policy.

Of those who disapproved, 5 percent cited the war on terrorism or U.S. foreign policy and 2 percent cited Bush's economic policy.

The 76 percent approval rating was down 4 percentage points since a similar Ohio Poll in April, according to the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research, which conducts the survey. Bush's approval reached a high of 87 percent shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The pollsters did telephone surveys with a random sample of 828 adults from across Ohio between June 17 and June 30. The statewide estimates have an error margin of 3 percentage points.

In the latest poll, 74 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Bush's handling of foreign affairs, 19 percent disapproved and 7 percent had no opinion.

And 66 percent said they approved of the way Bush is handling the economy, 26 percent disapproved and 8 percent had no opinion.

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