The day after Gov. John Kasich hit a new high in job approval among Ohio voters, President Barack Obama sank to an all-time low.Just 40 percent of Ohioans give Obama a positive rating, while 57 percent disapprove in a Quinnipiac Poll released Wednesday.
“President Obama’s fortunes in the Buckeye State have turned,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release. “Since last December he has lost 10 points among Democrats and 17 points among independent voters. He has gone from a 20-point approval margin among women to a 9-point disapproval margin among female voters.”
The survey is Quinnipiac’s first in Ohio since the country has been rocked by revelations of the IRS targeting certain political groups and electronic eavesdropping by U.S. national security agencies.
For the first time, a majority of Ohio voters (52 percent) don’t think Obama is “honest and trustworthy.”
Brown said Obama’s paltry showing in the Buckeye State virtually matches his numbers in Florida from September 2011 as the worst among the nine states in which the Connecticut university conducts polls.
The new poll also shows that a potential 2016 presidential matchup between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and either New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul would be close: she and Christie are tied at 42 percent, while the former first lady is beating Paul by 3 points, 47 to 44.
But Vice President Joe Biden is losing to both possible GOP candidates: Christie swamps him 50 percent to 32 percent, and Paul is topping him 49 percent to 40 percent.
More than three-quarters of Ohioans favor requiring background checks for people buying guns at gun shows and online. And Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s vote against that measure made 45 percent of voters regard the Republican with greater disapproval, compared to 15 percent whose approval increased.
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown’s vote in favor of that same bill increased his approval among 43 percent, versus 16 percent who voiced more disapproval.
Ohioans are now split over whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state health-care program for the poor and disabled. The poll shows that 46 percent favor the change, 47 percent oppose it. The same issue, which may resurface this week in the legislature, was favored by small margins in a pair of Quinnipiac polls earlier this year.
The full results are online at http://www.quinnipiac.edu/instit...
The telephone poll, which includes land lines and cell phones, June 18 through Sunday of 941 randomly selected registered Ohio voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
By Darrel Rowland - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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