Quinnipiac Poll: Hillary More Popular Than Gov. Kasich in Ohio

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 07:08 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Despite President Barack Obama's abysmal approval rating with Ohio voters, fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton is a more popular presidential choice in the state than its own favorite son, Gov. John Kasich, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows.

The new survey found that in a hypothetical matchup, the former secretary of State and first lady – who has yet to decide if she'll take another shot at the White House in 2016 – beat out Kasich by a 47-40 percent count. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

"The bad news for Democrats is that President Barack Obama's approval rating in Ohio is close to his all-time, all-state low," at a negative 36-59 percent, said the Quinnipiac Poll's assistant director Peter Brown.

"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."

The survey found Clinton tops other possible GOP contenders, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, by 46-42 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 48-37 percent, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 46-37 percent.

The same poll in February had Clinton leading by a 51-to-39 percent margin. 

Christie's weak showing against Clinton is in stark contrast to a November poll that had him virtually tied with Clinton in Ohio, and with a favorable rating in the state of 44 to 32 percent.

The latest poll shows with a 48 percent negative rating.

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

At this point, he added, "the political problems the president is encountering are not rubbing off on her."

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