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  [OK] Unlike the president's, [Gov] Henry's ratings remain high
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Last EditedArmyDem  Dec 02, 2005 12:18am
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News DateFriday, December 2, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPublished: November 30, 2005 12:15 am
The Norman Transcript

While President George Bush's approval ratings have fallen in recent months, those of Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry seem to be holding fairly steady, a new poll indicates.

Mr. Henry's numbers, obtained by Wilson Research Strategies, show the first-term governor at 61 percent approval and 25 percent disapproval in August 2005. One year earlier, Mr. Henry was at 66 percent approval and 24 percent disapproval. Two years ago the numbers were the same as the most recent ones.

By contrast, President Bush's approval rating is 45 percent and 54 percent disapproval. His numbers have fallen in recent weeks as discussion on the war in Iraq has intensified in Congress and throughout the country.

The Hill Report, an influential newsletter on Oklahoma government and politics, says Mr. Henry's relatively high approval ratings bode well as he enters the 2006 election year. He has announced he will seek re-election. Congressman Ernest Istook has also announced he will run for the governor's post instead of for re-election.

Some observers say Gov. Henry's non-confrontational style of leadership keeps his ratings high. He is a coalition builder who stresses bipartisan efforts to make Oklahoma a better place.
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