Another governor on the front lines of the Gulf oil leak gets good marks from voters in his state.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Mississippi finds that 70% approve of the job Republican Governor Haley Barbour is doing. Twenty-eight percent (28%) disapprove.
These findings include 41% who Strongly Approve of the job Barbour is doing and just 14% who Strongly Disapprove.
Barbour earns better marks than President Obama in the Republican-leaning state where 56% of voters rate the presidentâ€™s handling of the Gulf oil crisis as poor. Itâ€™s important to note, however, that voters were not asked to rate Barbourâ€™s handling of the oil leak but were asked instead about his overall performance as governor.
Overall, 37% of Mississippi voters approve of how Obama is performing as president. Sixty percent (60%) disapprove. This is a more negative rating than Obama earns nationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Mississippi was conducted on July 12, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted byÂ Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. SeeÂ methodology.
Male voters in Mississippi are even more approving of Barbourâ€™s performance than female voters. Those over 40 hold the governor in higher regard than younger voters.
Higher-income voters tend to approve of how the governor is performing more than those who earn less.
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