Friday, April 22, 2005

 

Ohio Poll: Bad news for Republicans

A majority of Ohioans reject the work of both the Bush and Taft administrations in key areas, and in international areas, their disapproval has reached new levels.

Regarding Bush, the Ohio Poll asked 841 Ohioans to say if they either approved or dissapproved of his overall job performance, his handling of the economy, foreign affairs and the Iraq war.

Bush results:
Overall Job ___ Approve/Disapprove
April 2005 ___ 49%/50%
March 2004 ___ 46%/51%
February 2004 ___ 49%/49%

Foreign Affairs ___ Approve/Disapprove
April 2005 ___ 43%/54%
March 2004 ___ 46%/50%
February 2004 ___ 47%/51%

Iraq ___ Approve/Disapprove
April 2005 ___ 46% 53%
Sept. 2003 ___ 53% 44%
April 2003 ___ 82% 16%

Economy ___ Approve/Disapprove
April 2005 ___ 41%/58%
March 2004 ___ 38%/59%
February 2004 ___ 40%/58%

Taft results:
Overall Job___Approve/Disapprove
April 2005 ___34%/55%
February 2004 ___47%/43%
Sept. 2003 ___ 44%/46%
The MOE was +/- 3.4%.

We want to look at the crosstabs later today, but here is the pollsters' analysis:
Democrats and Republicans are sharply divided on the president’s performance in these issue areas. For example, just 12 percent of Democrats approve of Bush’s handling of foreign affairs, while 80 percent of Republicans approve. Fourteen percent of Democrats approve of Bush’s handling of the economy, while 71 percent of Republicans approve.

The latest Ohio Poll also finds Governor Bob Taft’s approval rating at its lowest point since he took office as governor . . . .

Taft’s disapproval rating (55%) is now higher than it has been for any governor since the Ohio Poll
Ouch!

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