Monday, November 22, 1999

Poll says Taft's approval rating holding steady

63% say governor doing a good job

The Associated Press

        Gov. Bob Taft's approval rating is holding steady as he finishes his first year, according to the latest Ohio Poll.

        The poll, released Sunday, found 63 percent of those surveyed approved of the job the Republican governor is doing, while 9 percent disapproved and 27 percent said they didn't know.

        Mr. Taft's approval rating remained virtually unchanged since the Ohio Poll in May. That poll found 62 percent approved of the job Mr. Taft was doing, 9 percent disapproved and 29 percent were undecided.

        The latest telephone poll of a random sample of 870 Ohio residents was conducted Oct. 13 through Nov. 2 by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

        Also in the poll, those surveyed were asked to evaluate the performances of Ohio's two U.S. senators, George Voinovich and Mike DeWine, both Republicans.

        Of those surveyed, 50 percent approved of the job Mr. Voinovich is doing, 16 percent said they disapproved and 35 percent were undecided.

        Forty-two percent of those polled approved of the job Mr. DeWine is doing, while 8 percent disapproved and 51 percent said they didn't know.


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