Quinnipiac Poll: Obama Ohio Approval Ratings Near All-Time Low

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 02:02 PM

By John Blosser

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President Barack Obama's approval rating is near an all-time low in Ohio, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

In a poll of 1,366 registered Ohio voter, Obama landed in the unfavorable column by 36 percent to 59 percent, close to his all-time low of 34 percent to 61 percent in a Quinnipiac poll last November, according to a statement. The latest poll has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

The poll tallies with another Quinnipiac poll this week with incumbent Gov. John Kasich maintaining a 12-point lead over his Democratic opponent, Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald.

However, the poll held good news for another potential candidate, Democratic front-runner , former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who saw her popularity putting her out in front of all other major potential candidates.

"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," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, said in the statement.

Obama, who won Ohio in 2012, received negative ratings of 30 percent to 67 percent among men, 42 percent to 52 percent among women, 4 percent to 94 percent among Republicans, 30 percent to 65 percent among independents and only 74 percent to 21 percent favorable ratings among Democrats.

"The Democratic approval rating in the low 70s is anemic at best," Brown said.

Hillary Clinton came out on top of all potential Republican front-runners, scoring 46 percent to 42 percent over GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 48 percent to 37 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 46 percent to 37 percent over New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Ohio voters even approve Clinton over Gov. Kasich, who has been mentioned as a presidential contender, by 47 percent to 40 percent.

"Secretary Clinton is almost everyone's favorite candidate," Brown said. "She squeaks past U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and easily defeats each of the other Republicans she is matched against, and has a solidly positive favorability rating."

Ohio will have 18 electoral votes in the 2016 election, according to website 270towin. In 2012, Obama edged out Republican nominee Mitt Romney by just over 100,000 votes in the state, according to Politico.

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