(CNN) – Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is making a modest rebound in polls, a new survey released Tuesday shows.
According to the Quinnipiac University poll, 48 percent of Ohio voters approve of the job that Strickland is doing as governor, with 4 in 10 disapproving. The 48 percent approval rating is up 3 points from a November 2009 rating of 45 percent, which was the Democratic governor's lowest score in Quinnipiac polling since he won office in 2006.
The survey indicates that Strickland, who's battling for a second term, leads probable Republican challenger John Kasich 44 percent to 39 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup. Strickland and Kasich, a former congressman, were deadlocked at 40 percent in Quinnipiac's November poll.
"There has been an improvement in voters' views of Gov. Ted Strickland," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The movement is a few points, but it is consistent across a number of measures. Voters, however, remain negative on his handling of the state budget and the state economy."
According to the poll, 52 percent of Ohio voters disapprove of the job Barack Obama's doing as president, with 44 approving how he is performing in the White House. That's a slight drop from November, due mostly to a big drop among independent voters. Fifty-six percent of those questioned disapprove of the current health care reform plans passed by the House and Senate, but 53 percent say Obama and Congress should keep trying to pass a reform bill.
"Given that President Obama carried the state with more than 51 percent of the vote, these numbers mean many Ohioans who were in his corner have now deserted him," adds Brown.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted February 16-21, and 1,662 Ohio voters were questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
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Regarding President Obama's numbers in Ohio, a 44% approval ratingis quite good when you consider the mostly blue-collar workers who have been downsized for the last 30 years tend to lean right, and IMO is a positive indicator for the dems.
Ohio voters are realizing how much of a hypocrite that Rep. Bonehead Boehner is. That may have to do something with it.
term limits would be great for all the states,, one term then get a real job.....
Strickland will win because he has the SMILE to prove it. He does not look like a RepubliCAN'T and he seems as if he 'get along' with everyone!!
I live in Ohio... I will not vote for him, this fall. His promise has been broken ALOT since he take office. It is state senate who made Ohioian happy, not Stick-land.
I voted for him, but he ain't showed me anything but politics as usual.
democrats will keep there spots .in november
if the president can get some issues signed with or with out republican help :)
Just Pass the healthcare bill which will be a good thing for the economy.... this will create savings and jobs we desperately need..
Still plenty of time for either Teddy Strickland or John Kasich to make a push. Of interest is Kasich's idea of phasing out the state income tax and likely replacing it with a sales tax. Should be interesting to see how this turns out.
We'll have to wait and see who he is running against and how the state and country feel closer to November. This could be a good sign or just a false positive. It is still too early to tell and much too small a sample size.
I believe Obama is a US citizen and an Indonesian citizen, take your pick of whichever is most beneficial for him at that moment of his life. How about opening up those school records regarding State and Federal student grants and loans Mr. President? What are you hiding? Where is the transparency?
We would bet that people who believe these polls also believe the Earth is flat.Polls are meant to herd people in certain directions just like sheep dogs do.We dont believe polls or fast talking, used car salesmen, like Rush Limbaugh.hahaha
If Ohioans are dumb enough to vote Strickland a second term we deserve what we get. He's done NOTHING for Ohio.