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. No one famous

    Maybe the kool-aide is wearing off and people are waking up to realize they elected someone with no experience. Get a grip people, elections are more than popularity contests.

    July 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Truth shall set you FREE

    @BobAbrams July 7th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

    "…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???"

    Dems took control of congress after the 2006 election, not actually taking office until the start of the next session in 2007. Considering it is only 2009, that amounts to a little over 2 years. And, as far as a "strong majority", this may be true for the House, but not the senate. They were no where near filibuster-proof, and Bush threatened to veto anything that wasn't exactly what he wanted. This attempt to blame the Dems for the failures of the past administration is weak, at best. Lie all you want, the truth still exists.

    July 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    One thing you can say for President Obama, is that he has NOT pulled a President Bush on us and taken off on vacation. He seems to be actually trying to do what he was elected to do. Remember, it took 8 years to get in this economic mess, and most of that under a Republican dominated Congress since 1994.

    July 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. mlk

    Basic Economics:

    Unions= High labor, high costs to make products
    Non Union= Low labor costs, easier to sell american made produxts

    Example: I needed to take down 4 very large valves from a paper mill smoke stack. I received 4 quotes. 2 quotes from union labor, 2 from non-union labor. The quotes came in as follows:
    Union: $28,000 and $22,000
    Non Union: $3,200 and $3,500

    I asked the union why the discrepancy:

    Their answer: One person for piping, a different union for electrical, a different union for rigging, I think you get the answer.

    July 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Yes, 6 months is definitely enough time to solve 35 years worth of pass the buck garbage,

    July 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Steven NY

    This proves, like the 2004 re-election of GW Bush, that Ohio citizens are as dumb as they look.

    July 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Former Republican firmly supporting Obama

    If the analysis of this poll is correct, then it is unfair for voters in Ohio to hold President Obama ultimately accountable for their economic problems. It took Ohio and the rest of this nation under the economic leadership of Bush-Cheney 8 years to get in this mess and all voters should give Obama this time to get us out of this mess.

    July 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Palin is a joke

    President Obama is doing a fine job and is on track to be one of the most productive Presidents in half a century. Keep it up Mr. President, your doing just fine. The Republicans had their chance and they screwed it up.

    July 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Adam in KC

    I love the moronic excuses made by liberals. The stimulus package was a lie and a bust, now there are rumblings of a second stimulus. A huge amount of rational thinking voters were duped once, it won't happen again!

    July 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. ali

    Fair is Fair, you mean like the buyers remorse that many felt when Bush's approval ratings droped to the low 30s.

    July 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The survey....taken by Klan members in the beer section of Piggly Wiggly stores statewide is as accurate as can be expected. In the same survey Governor Mark Sanford's approval rating by teabaggers skyrocketed 2%.

    July 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Truth shall set you FREE

    @ please go away, obama July 7th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

    "the stimulus was a joke. no jobs were created. the only change is we quadrupled the deficit. its no wonder Ohio is changing its tune about this guy. wake up people!"

    Although more than a third of the stimulus money has been allocated, only about 15% has been spent. We are still very early in the execution of the stimulus package. Any rational person, whether for it or against it, would have to admit that you cannot judge whether it is a success or failure at this point.

    July 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Palin is a joke

    July 7th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

    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 base an entire Presidency on the Dow Jones of inauguration day??? So when the Dow Jones was good during the month of June what was your opinion then? Your logic is twisted.

    July 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. TangledThorns

    Ohio is finally wising up to the fact we elected an experienced and ultra-liberal Senator trained in Chicago politics.

    July 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. TonyT

    How Long Has It Been...7 months. Relax folks.

    Our United State was and still is a Mess!

    It' Painful, But It Will Take Time!

    Ah children, Polls are like the stock market, up and down.

    Remember this poll ;

    Gallup Poll: Obama Approval Down, Disapproval Up
    February 24, 2009 07:13 AM ET | James Pethokoukis | Permanent Link | Print
    I find this interesting. A new Gallup poll found that President Obama's
    approval rating of 68% in January has slipped to 63%, while his disapproval rating has climbed from 12% to 24%. Two groups in particular have soured on the president. His approval among Republicans
    has plunged from a weak 41% to sickly 30% What's more, 58% of middle-class voters approve of him vs. 69% last month. Quick thoughts:

    July 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Glennis

    The scales are finally starting to fall from peoples eyes. The increasing unemployment numbers, burgeoning government, rapidly growing debt and the realization that somehow we'll have to pay for all of it is dawning on them. Expect the numbers to continue downward as the spendathon advances and the public realizes they've elected a personality rather than a president.

    July 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Mark Harris

    Yes, every state in the union is begining to WAKE UP and this is good news. Obama is and never was experianced or qulaified to lead a country let alone a business There is a very good chance will fail miserably and we all will suffer. iI he is elected again then this country deserves EXACTLY what it gets. I will no longer read the media they are garbadge.

    July 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. inat

    I live in Ohio and yeah, most voters feel this way. Not exactly sure where all his 'supporters' went once the election was won. Back to their home states I assume.

    Ohio is technically 'blue' now and we're suffering from teh same thing most other 'blue' states suffer – no jobs, no money, high taxes, inept gov't.

    July 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. kishen c.rao

    Ohio is not the standard...one...ok

    July 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Democrat in MD (CNN please post. Thank you!)

    Not a surprise...everything takes time. Hang in there, Ohio. It will get better. We all need to pull together!

    July 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Proud Member..Party of No July 7th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

    blah blah blah

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

    So according to your foolproof reasoning the 1st 9 months of the shrubs presedency was an utter failure as well right?

    July 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. cheann

    Dennis July 7th, 2009 12:19 pm ET

    I was in Michigan last month, and from the comments I heard, BHO is not very popular there either.

    Dennis, I live in Michigan and he is still pretty popular here except with republicans of course. Stop making up stuff.

    July 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Shawn - GA

    For all of you folks who are talking about 2012 is 3.5 years away, I must remind you that 2010 is not and this president needs his majority to continue in order to get the things he wants done. So yes it is very important to look at these numbers now.

    July 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. sifto77

    I have never heard so many lame excuses for a President's failures...."he was left a mess" "its congress fault" "give him time"–face it, Obama is not a leader. If you despised Bush–you should hate Obama.His deficit is much higher and more deadly in a shorter length of time.

    July 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. midwest liberal

    I always wonder when I see stories about polls like this how well McCain/Palin would have been doing at this point. By now the country would be without a vice-president. The pressure would have been just too darn much for that "I'm not a quitter."

    July 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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