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Obama Approval Dips Below 60 In Home State

Illinoisans still generally support their senator-turned president, but are skeptical his policies, a new Tribune/WGN poll shows.

The statewide poll puts Obama's approval rating at 59 percent, with 33 percent of voters disapproving. Obama carried his home state with 62 percent of the vote in November. But on the economy, just under half of voters think his economic policies have had little or no impact on employment, while 45 percent say they have helped some or a lot.

Turning to health care, voters are even more divided: 42 percent approve of how he's handled the reform effort, 43 percent do not. A whopping 75 percent of those surveyed said that under Obama's proposed reform, their own health care would likely stay the same or get worse; only 16 percent say it would change for the better.

Still, when asked which party voters sided with on health care, 48 percent said Obama and the Democrats, while 28 percent said Republicans in Congress. Sixteen percent said neither.

The telephone survey of 700 voters was conducted by Market Shares Corp from August 27-31, and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.