(CNN) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's approval rating has taken a hit as he grapples with a flailing local economy a massive budget shortfall, according to a new poll.
In a Quinnipiac Survey released Tuesday morning, the Ohio Democrat's approval rating stands at 56 percent - seven points less than it was one month ago.
The poll also shows divided opinion over the governor's proposal to use close to $7 billion of the federal stimulus package and a portion of the state's rainy day fund to meet the budget gap.
The poll, which surveyed 1,299 Ohio voters, was conducted from March 10-15 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent.
Strickland faces reelection in 2010.