About three-quarters of those polled approve of the way the president is handling foreign affairs.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Most Ohioans continue to approve of the job President Bush is doing, but his approval rating is slipping, a state poll says.
The Ohio Poll, sponsored by the University of Cincinnati, shows Bush's approval rating in the state at 80 percent with 17 percent not approving of his job performance.
Although Bush's 80 percent rating is high for the poll, it is down from the 87 percent approval rating he got in the last Ohio Poll in November. That was the highest approval rating for any president in the 21-year history of the Ohio Poll and came two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Thirty-two percent of those polled cited their approval of the nation's war on terrorism or the administration's foreign policy as reasons for supporting Bush.
Other reasons given include his leadership, 14 percent, or that he is doing a good job in general, 10 percent.
The Ohio Poll questioned 823 Ohio adults April 4-10 by telephone. The margin of error is 3.4 percent.
In the poll, 74 percent of Ohioans approve of the way Bush is handling foreign affairs and 20 percent disapprove. His foreign-affairs approval rating has dropped 9 percent since November.
Of those polled, 71 percent approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 22 percent disapprove. His approval rating dropped 1 percent since November.
Bush received an approval rating of 96 percent from those who consider themselves as Republicans, 69 percent from Democrats, and 73 percent from independents.
Bush's approval rating in Democratic-dominated Northeast Ohio is 75 percent, the lowest of any region in the state.
Bush did poorly among black Americans, getting an approval rating of 48 percent. Blacks were not divided into gender, but whites were, in the poll.
Bush got an 88 percent approval rating from white females and an 82 percent approval rating from white males.