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A Ten-Point Poll Drop Is Tough, but Easier to Take When You Start High

The good news for President Obama in the latest Quinnipiac poll in Ohio is that his approval rating is still a healthy 57 percent. The bad news is that it’s down ten points in a month.

Obama’s approval/disapproval rating among independent voters fell from 72 to 12 percent to 55 to 29 percent.

“The good news for the President is that in Ohio voters give him much better grades for handling the economy, 53–36 percent approval for handling the economy than they do their own Governor, Ted Strickland, negative 39–45 percent, even though overall both men have almost identical 57 and 56 percent approval ratings,” says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  (Strickland is a Democrat.)

The group also finds that by a 63 to 30 percent margin, Ohioans say the president’s mortgage rescue plan is unfair to those who make their payments on time, but 55 percent say they approve of the plan anyway. They found 25 percent say the plan is fair and they support it; 42 percent think it is unfair but support it as necessary; and 31 percent think it is unfair and oppose it.

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