Utahns give high job approval ratings to their U.S. senators and governor, but only passing grades to the U.S. Senate and House. The U.S.

Supreme Court and President Bush are held in high regard also, the latest Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.The best news is for Gov. Norm Bangerter. Pollster Dan Jones & Associates found that 63 percent of those surveyed strongly or somewhat approve of the job the governor is doing. One third disapprove of Bangerter's job performance and 4 percent don't know.

That approval rating - considered good by political experts - is the best job performance the governor has received since mid-1986.

In December 1986 Bangerter suggested a $220 million tax increase, the largest in the state's history. His job performance ratings then dropped through the floor.

In March 1987, after lawmakers agreed to a $165 million tax hike, Bangerter's job approval rating reached an all-time low: Only 41 percent of the people approved of the job he was doing while 52 percent disapproved, Jones found at the time.

The governor's popularity as measured by the job approval rating has been growing ever since, but even though he won re-election last November it still didn't top 60 percent until the latest poll.

Jones found that 77 percent of those questioned say President George Bush is doing a good job. Only 11 percent disapprove of Bush's job early in his term and 12 percent didn't know.

Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, traditionally leads all Utah politicians in job approval ratings. This poll is no different: 78 percent approve of Garn's job performance, 16 percent disapprove and 6 percent didn't know.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who won a landslide re-election victory last November, gets a 72 percent approval rating - high for him. Twenty-two percent disapprove of Hatch's job performance and 6 percent didn't know.

Utahns don't give the U.S. Senate and House high marks. Fifty-seven percent approve of the job the Senate is doing; 55 percent approve of the House's job. About a third of Utahns don't like the job Congress is doing.

The U.S. Supreme Court got a 66 percent favorable approval rating, Jones found. Only 22 percent don't like the job the court is doing. (For details, see poll chart on A4.)

How would you rate Gov. Norm Bangerter's job performance?

Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don't

approve approve disapprove disapprove know

TOTALS 21 percent 42 percent 16 percent 17 percent 4 percent

How would you rate President Bush's job performance?

Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don't

approve approve disapprove disapprove know

TOTALS 31 percent 46 percent 8 percent 3 percent 12 percent

How would you rate Sen. Jake Garn's job performance?

Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don't

approve approve disapprove disapprove know

TOTALS 37 percent 41 percent 10 percent 6 percent 6 percent

How would you rate Sen. Orin Hatch's job performance?

Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don't

approve approve disapprove disapprove know

TOTALS 32 percent 40 percent 11 percent 11 percent 6 percent

How would you rate the performance of the U.S. Senate?

Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don't

approve approve disapprove disapprove know

TOTALS 7 percent 50 percent 23 percent 7 percent 13 percent

How would you rate the performance of the U.S. House?

Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don't

approve approve disapprove disapprove know

TOTALS 7 percent 48 percent 25 percent 7 percent 14 percent

How would you rate the performance of the U.S. Supreme Court?

Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Don't

approve approve disapprove disapprove know

TOTALS 14 percent 52 percent 15 percetn 7 percent 12 percent

Sample size: 607; margin of error plus or minus 4 percent