Blagojevich blames economy for low approval rate

October 24, 2008 10:45:04 AM PDT
Gov. Rod Blagojevich is blaming his low approval rating on the nation's slumping economy. The governor says his 13 percent job approval rating is unrelated to the federal corruption investigation that's been swirling around his administration.

Blagojevich contends that he'd easily win if he were running for governor in the upcoming election, and he predicts it will be a banner Democratic year with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.

At a news conference in Blue Island, Blagojevich continued to deflect questions about the federal investigation. The governor says it isn't unusual for politicians to be scrutinized.

Blagojevich's approval rating is based on a survey of registered voters released by the Chicago Tribune this week.

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