Poll: Education, Economy Top Concerns

CINCINNATI (AP) - Education and the economy ranked as the top concerns of Ohioans in a statewide survey, the Ohio Poll reported on Friday.

Twenty-one percent of those surveyed for the Ohio Poll listed education as the biggest concern for Ohio, followed by the economy and unemployment. Fourteen percent said economic conditions and joblessness are the state's major problems.

Education and the economy are likely to be major topics of Ohio's contest for governor between Republican incumbent Bob Taft and Democratic challenger Tim Hagan, leading up to the Nov. 5 election.

The University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research did a random telephone survey of 828 adults from across the state between June 17 and June 30. The poll's error margin is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

In a similar Ohio Poll done in April, 27 percent of those surveyed listed education as their top concern and 15 percent mentioned the economy and unemployment.

The latest Ohio Poll represents the 18th consecutive survey, dating to the fall of 1996, in which state residents cited education more frequently than other issues as Ohio's most important problem.

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