July 7th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: President Obama's numbers drop in crucial state

President Obama's approval rating is down 13 points in Ohio, according to a new poll.
President Obama's approval rating is down 13 points in Ohio, according to a new poll.

(CNN) – A new poll suggests that Barack Obama's approval rating is dropping rapidly in Ohio, a crucial battleground in the race for the White House, and a state with a U.S. Senate seat and governorship up for grabs next year.

Forty-nine percent of those questioned in a Quinnpiac University survey released Tuesday say they approve of how Obama's handling his duties as president. That's down 13 points from a Quinnipiac University poll of Ohio voters conducted in May. Forty-four percent of those questioned disapprove of Obama's job as president, up 13 points from May.

The survey also indicates that by a narrow 48 percent to 46 percent margin - within the range of the survey's 2.8 percent sampling error - Ohio voters disapprove of how Obama's handing the economy. In May, 57 percent approved of how Obama was handling the economy.

"The economy in Ohio is as bad as anywhere in America. These numbers indicate that for the first time voters have decided that President Barack Obama bears sole responsibility for their problems," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

According to the survey, 85 percent of Democrats give the President an overall thumbs-up, but only 38 percent of independents and 19 percent of Republicans approve of the job Obama's doing as president.

Ohio was the state that put George W. Bush over the top in his 2004 re-election. Last year, Obama carried the state by 5 points over Sen. John McCain.

The Quinnipiac University telephone poll of 1,259 voters was conducted June 26-July 1.


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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Robin

    America is waking up.

    July 7, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The numbers are bound to slip. But once this economy gets rolling again, they'll go right back up.

    July 7, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. audacity of a dope

    Best news I have heard all day........Wait untill they poll the other states the empty suit will see the same results.

    July 7, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Ohio is fighting for its life

    much like Michigan, Ohio has lost many jobs

    it will swing back and forth with the prevailing winds

    July 7, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Brian

    He should have thrown out the first pitch at the Civil Rights game. Thats why his numbers went down.

    July 7, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Tired

    They are obviously not thinking about what we HAD and COULD HAVE HAD!! They are hurting but they have to remember who brought it on!

    July 7, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Mike

    I don't trust polls like this, how can anyone honestly define the opinion of everyone in Ohio based on talking to a little over 1000 people?

    July 7, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. What?

    "For the first time voters have decided that President Barack Obama bears sole responsibility for their problems"

    Please.
    How quickly people forget.

    July 7, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Shawn - GA

    I am afraid the "warm fuzzy" feelings are giving away to harsh reality folks. I do not agree with most of what this President has done so far, or what his plans SEEM to be. However he is my President and I support him. Problem is that he was elected because people thought he was going to wave a magic wand and fix it all. No one could do what he promised and far too many people took as fact that he could do.

    God Bless America, her people and her President.

    July 7, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Mike b

    Don't blame Obama for job losses, blame NAFTA and greedy companies and CEO's for shipping job overseas.

    July 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Barbara NY

    So the people of Ohio disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the economy. The people of Ohio need to understand that the Republicans that they've elected in the past are mostly responsible for the mess we're in. The economy can't be fixed overnight and I think that the people that usually vote for Republicans need to find some patience.

    July 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Proud Pagan in VA

    Again, we should look at how long he's been in office.... six months is NOT long enough to fix the mess that was left to him! If he's able to fix in within his first term I'd be surprised!

    This is one of the reasons I left Ohio in the first place... too many people that are too willing to listen to talking points and not think for themselves.

    July 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Jeff

    The election is OVER! We have over three years until the next election. Let's take a break, see what Obama can do, and come back to this in 2012. We don't need to be in constant campaign mode.

    July 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. mlk

    Dutch News: Who are you kidding, the economy isn't going to get better, it wll get worse for the next 4 years minimum unless we change our policies. My company buys shut down mills and factories and they are shutting down faster than you can speak. Why, two reasons, American's love for the unions, which drives prices sky high and prevents american companies like Walmart, Target, Best Buy and about everyone else from buying these products, Why, because you want cheap merchandise and 3with unions running the show you won't ever get that cheap merchadise so they buy it from China. With Obama's love for the unions, this country won't recover until he stops propping unions up.

    July 7, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Fred Heartly

    Yes the Right Wing morons are gaining traction on some very bad ideas. Remember "Trickle Down Economics" and free trade has gotten them into this trouble. It does take a basic understanding of math though something Repukes do not have.

    July 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. florida indep

    The main part of current economic mess was the stupid policies of the Republican controled congress, the hands off our wealthy buddies by the Bush administration, and the overt greed of the business community and blue collar workers wanting their share of the pie. This hasn't changed since Obama took office. What has changed is the uncontrolled spending of congress throwing billions of good money after bad. Get the economy going first then implement social programs at a later date. Don't create more monumental problems the American people can deal with than there already are.

    July 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    I would love to see this same poll done in every state that Obama won last November. Then compare the poll results to the election results in those states. Now THAT would tell a story.

    Buyer's remorse.

    July 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Based on this poll, expect another bold PR move by the administration. Something like a new photo release, previous administration investigation, etc.

    July 7, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. rand

    Give me a BREAK!!!!! These never-ending polls. AGGGGGHHHHHH.

    BREATHE. Can we take a break from these idiotic polls for at least a year. We just had an election.

    July 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Susie

    With Boehner blaming Obama for everything under the sun, it's no wonder. It will take more than a few months to turn around Bush's bad decisions, then the numbers will improve across the board. I know Republicans drool over this, but don't get too happy..Ohio has gotten a lot of stimulus dollars that are already putting people to work....and this is a poll of 1200 people...hardly a majority.

    July 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Grace

    It's kind of ridiculous how most voters attribute economic fortunes or misfortunes to the President, especially when this one's been in office less than 6 months. He's working on a LOT right now, and all this poll is telling us is that Dems are giving him more time before they declare that he's not doing a good job, most Republicans and many independents have unrealistic expectations for how quickly things can turn around. and he's actually pushing some somewhat leftist policies (as promised) that are bound to alienate some moderates and conservatives who were fed up with Republicans, and now don't like him much better.

    July 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. BobAbrams

    Jeff- why can't we be in constant campaign mode...Obama is???

    July 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. citizenjane

    Not surprising at all. I would be more concerned had the poll numbers remained high. This indicates, as most have already realized, that much more needs to be done, and the lowering poll numbers should give the Obama Administration enough cause for concern to get back to the drawing board and come up with more viable solutions. The economy continues to be an ongoing problem without a simple fix.

    July 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Proud Member..Party of No

    People are finally beginning to wake up to what a complete failure Obama has been.

    Dow Jones open on Obama inauguration day......8281.22
    Money spent by Obama to "spur" the market.........$2,000,000,000,000
    Dow Jones right now..................................................8235.24

    You can't call this presidency anything but a total failure.

    July 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. BobAbrams

    Proud Pagan in VA...let's also look how long Democrats have held a strong majority in Congress...going on FOUR years and let me guess, that's not long enough to blame them for anything either huh???

    July 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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