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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, August 15, 1981-Page 9

Poll says Reagan's
popularity is growing

NEW YORK (AP) - President
Reagan's job ratings have improved
markedly following congressional
passage of his economic program, the
latest Associated Press-NBC News
poll says.
Reagan got good or excellent ratings
for the job he is doing as president from
63 percent of the 1,601 adults selected in
a scientific random sampling and con-
tacted by telephone Monday and
Tuesday.
TWENTY-SIX percent of the respon-
dents said Reagan is doing only a fair
job as president, while 9 percent said he.
is doing a poor job and 2 percent said
they are not sure.
In comparison, Reagan got only a 55
percent favorable rating in the AP-NBC
poll last month. The 63 percent
favorable rating in the latest poll is
R.e agan's highest since shortly after he
was wounded in an assassination at-
tempt last spring.
The increase of eight percentage
points in the president's overall job
rating coincides with an increase in
good or excellent ratings for the way he
is handling the economy.
THE POLL SAID 52 percent gave
Reagan favorable marks for his han-
Voyager 2
prepares to
fly- by
Saturn
PASADENA, Calif. (AP)- Voyager
2, dead on target after a journey of
four years and 2 billion miles, is about to
give Earthlings their third tour of the
mystifying realm of Saturn. It will be:
the last American cruise to another:
world for half a decade.
"We're getting out there to it-close
up-to see again the beauties of that
ringed planet," said assistant project
scientist Ellis Miner. "I'ts something
Galileo (the legendary 17th century
astronomer) would really have
relished."
MINER CONCEDES Voyager 2 has a
tough act to follow. But he says the
show, which climaxes with a close en-
counter Aug. 25, should certainly be
worth watching. "Once we get up close
and take looks at different areas and
with different resolutions, we can't help
but uncover a few new surprises that
we just didn't anticipate."
When Voyager 1-sistership of the
unmanned spacecraft now closing on
Saturn-buzzed the golden planet last
November, visibly excited scientists at
the mission-controlling Jet Propulsion
Laboratory here began using words like
"mind-boggling," "bizarre" and
"weird."
AND THE second Voyager, Miner
said, with better viewing angles, is
already producing better pictures than
Voyager 1.
The Voyagers, which poked, probed
and pictured Jupiter in 1979, followed a
trail blazed by a smaller Pioneer 11 that
scarcely hinted at the wonders the
more sophisticated ships would find.

dling of the ecomony. Thirty percent
said he is doing only a fair job with the
economy, while 13 percent said he is
doing a poor job and 5 percent were not
sure.
The president's favorable job rating
for his handling of the economy in July
was only 45 percent.
Three of every four respondents said
they had heard or read of Reagans
economic program, and those people
gave the president higher marks for his
handling of the ecomony and for his
overall job rating.
AFTER GUIDING HIS tax-cutting
and budget-cutting programs through
Congress despite opposition from
Democratic leaders, Reagan got his
highest job ratings for the way he is
working with the legislative branch.
The poll said 69 percent gave the
president good or excellent ratings for
the job he is doing in working with
Congress, with 21 percent saying he is
doing only a fair job, 6 percent a poor
job and 4 percent not sure.
The passage of Reagan's programs,
which he signed Thursday and which on
Oct. 1 launch the biggest federal budget
and tax cuts ever, may have also
figured in a slight improvement in
public opinion of Congress.
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