MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new poll finds President Bush remains popular in Minnesota, despite the nation's economic slump and the threat of war with Iraq.
The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll found 62 percent of state residents approve of the way Bush is handling his job. That's about the same as in August when he scored a 64 percent approval rating.
Thirty-three percent disapprove, with women, Democrats, liberals and those with lower incomes most likely to be in that number.
Bush's handling of the war on terrorism also wins approval -- 64 percent. Fewer than a third, 29 percent, express disapproval.
Bush's high ratings come despite Minnesotans' negative view of the nation's general direction. Fifty-three percent say it's on the wrong track, while 38 percent say it's going in the right direction.
"I think he's doing what he can," said Elizabeth Butler, a Democrat from the Iron Range town of Buhl.
"The economy's not that great, it's just the way things are going right now," said the 30-year-old mother of two who lost her job in the mining industry last year.
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