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. Ryan S.

    To all the posts that we are a failure, America is waking up, and others who are still upset because Obama won the election – move on. Ohio was in a serious mess before Obama was elected. Ohio has had high unemployment for the past several years before Obama was elected. Ohio has lost many, many jobs prior to the election of Obama. The previous governor only had a single digit approval. Coupled with extremist in Ohio who are more concerned with their religion and passing measures to ensure discrimination of people, who don't abide by their God, Ohio is a serious mess. Then again, Ohio's problems may not ever be fixed. Problems do not get fixed overnight. Anyone who believes this really needs to have a reality check. Does you debt go away over night? How about this, to all the bitter persons who are upset about Obama, why not try to continue ton with your education and be supportive of our federal government and making yourself a better person and relying upon yourself to move up instead of transferring blame and anger elsewhere.

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

    Former Republican firmly supporting Obama July 7th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

    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.
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    Correction, Ohio has been in this mess for almost 40 years. This dates back to when the steel mills and bubber plants started shutting down in places like Youngstown, Cleveland, etc. in 1970. The cities along the Ohio started having issues as well. The Rust belt has never recovered. This is why I dont understand how Republicans can hold Obama responsible for something that dates back a whole generation. NO US adminstration has been successful in turning the economy around in Ohio, and the peopel of the state have failed themselves on many fronts. Its time the state , and others like it look in the mirror and figure out what the real problem is and get to work instead of pointing the finger.

    July 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. tidho

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

    ...he supports NAFTA, and is proposing climate and tax legislation that will cost the state more jobs.

    When do we start blaiming the current administration? He made promise he isn't keeping. I think its ok to like him a little less than during the campaign.

    July 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. annie

    I don't care what the polls show,we new it would take longtime for him to even begin to straightened out the mess that the bush folks got us into.and we are determined to stand by our president and lift him up and keep him and his team in our prayers. and I love seeing him in different towns and states keeping us informed of whats going on just like he promised.he is doing a great job, and he seems to care about all people.

    July 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. LoLo

    Why is that when they have a poll they never contact me. They are only polling the republicans. America is really in a sad state. Now they only choose cetain people to poll. It is really a shame. I guess the rest of us are not Americans like the Republicans have been preaching.

    July 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Democrat in MD (CNN please post. Thank you!)

    Considering what he was handed to start with...I think he's doing a great job!

    July 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Sister Pious

    I live in Ohio and I am behind President Obama. We had eight years of Bush AND the dollars going to Iraq. Also, before Gov. Strickland, Gov. Bob Taft and Company made a mess of Ohio. So now, we can blame it on the Democrats??

    July 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Dan, CA

    CNN your report is wrong. His ratings are going down all over the place. What can you expect from this community adviser who has no experience whatsoever. Americans have opened their eyes with this change. He is unfit to govern any country for that matter.

    July 7, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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