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Poll finds Obama sinking and Clinton rising in Ohio

 
Poll finds Obama sinking and Clinton rising in Ohio
Posted July 31st, 2014 @ 6:47am by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- President Barack Obama's approval rating in Ohio is near an all-time low in any of the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac University. A poll released Thursday found only 36 percent of Ohioans approve of the job Obama is doing with 59 percent disapproving. His all-time low approval came last November when only 34 percent approved.

30 percent of men and 42 percent of women give the President a thumbs up. He gets the support of 74 percent of Democrats, 30 percent of independents, and only 4 percent of Republicans.

“The bad news for Democrats is that President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Ohio is close to his all-time, all-state low. The good news for the party is that the president doesn’t appear to be hurting the Democrats’ consensus front-runner for 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll “Only three in ten men or independent voters approve of his job performance, a far cry from almost two years ago where he won the nation’s most important swing state.  And the Democratic approval rating in the low 70s is anemic, at best."

Clinton is seeing the opposite in Ohio. 52 percent of Ohioans have a favorable opinion of her. In head-to-head matchups with potential GOP contenders she wins in each race.

"Obviously there is a long way to go until 2016, but at this point the political problems the president is encountering are not rubbing off on her,” Brown said. 

Looking at the 2016 White House race, Ohio voters back Clinton over their Favorite Son, Gov. John Kasich, 47 – 40 percent.  

She tops other possible Republican contenders:

  • 46 – 42 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
  • 48 – 37 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
  • 46 – 37 percent over New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie.

For Republicans, favorability ratings are:

  • 29 – 35 percent for Bush
  • 35 – 30 percent for Paul
  • 34 - 36 percent for Christie
  • 46 – 30 percent for Kasich.

In matchups against Republicans, Clinton’s lead among women ranges from 20 to 24 percentage points. 

Paul gets 44 percent of independent voters to Clinton’s 41 percent, but she leads other candidates among this pivotal group by margins of 6 to 14 percentage points.

The poll also took a look at the state's two U.S. Senators. Forty-nine percent of Ohio voters of the job U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is doing and 42 percent give U.S. Sen. Rob Portman a thumbs up.

From July 24 – 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,366 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

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