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Poll shows steel tariff backing

Oct. 30, 2003 at 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Voters in steel-producing states show overwhelming support of President Bush's decision to put temporary tariffs on imported steel, a new poll says.

The survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies among voters in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, showed 74 percent of registered voters favor the tariff. Further, 69 percent of the respondents want the tariff to continue.

"This poll shows that voters in these four states believe overwhelmingly that President Bush did the right thing by putting the steel tariffs in place," said Bill McInturff, partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies. "These findings also make clear that the president is on very solid ground in continuing his support for steel tariffs."

Fourteen percent of voters polled are connected in some way with the steel industry.

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