Poll: Ohio Gov.'s Approval Stops Downward Spiral

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Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A new poll in Ohio shows Gov. Ted Strickland's job approval rating has stopped its slide.

But the same poll finds that about half of all Ohioans give the governor failing marks on his handling of the economy and the state budget.

The Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday shows that about 48 percent of Ohioans say Strickland is doing a good job as governor while 42 percent say he's not.

Those are similar numbers to what the same poll found in early July.

Strickland's numbers had been slipping since February when he had a 63 percent approval rating.

The telephone survey of 1,074 Ohio voters was taken from Sept 10-13.

The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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