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Ohio: Economy Weak, State and Nation Both Off On Wrong Track

SurveyUSA Breaking News - 07/08/08 11:18 AM

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Buckeye State residents overwhelmingly say things in both the nation and the state are “off on the wrong track,” according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WCMH-TV in Columbus, the state capital.

80% of Ohioans say things in the United States are off on the wrong track; just 15% say things are headed in the right direction. Republicans are 3.5 times as likely as Democrats and 1.5 times as likely as independents to say things are headed in the right direction.

75% of Ohioans say things in Ohio are off on the wrong track; 21% say things are headed in the right direction. Here on the state level, there is no difference in the opinions of Republicans and Democrats — but both are twice as likely as independents to say things are headed in the right direction.

Looking at the economy, 58% of Ohio adults say the national economy is weak; just 4% say it is strong; 38% say it is somewhere in between. Democrats are significantly less optimistic then Republicans when it comes to the national economy: 41% of Republicans describe it as weak, compared to 72% of Democrats.

60% of Ohioans say the Ohio economy is weak; 4% say it is strong; 35% say it is in between. Again we see fewer party line differences at the state level; while Democrats do have a more negative view of the state economy than Republicans do, the differences are far less pronounced than they are when respondents are asked about the national economy.

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