Ohio poll: Clinton, Christie tied; Obama approval rating at lowest point
November 27th, 2013
08:28 AM ET
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Ohio poll: Clinton, Christie tied; Obama approval rating at lowest point

(CNN) - In the crucial swing state of Ohio, voters are practically split between Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup, according to a new survey.

And in a potentially bad sign for 2014 Democrats, the new Quinnipiac University poll indicates the President's approval rating is at its lowest point in Quinnipiac polling history–nationally or in any state–at 34%.

Clinton v. Christie

The survey, which was released Wednesday, shows 42% of registered voters back the former Secretary of State while 41% support the recently re-elected Republican governor from New Jersey.

"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are the 2016 leaders to Ohio voters, locked in a statistical tie," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute, said in a release.

The Ohio poll is the latest survey to show Christie gaining ground against Clinton in a swing state. A Quinnipiac poll in Colorado last week indicated Christie ahead of Clinton by eight percentage points.

Three recent surveys in the reliably blue state of New York, however, show Christie trailing behind Clinton, who served eight years as Senator from the Empire State.

In the new Quinnipiac poll, Clinton topples Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, 49%-38%. The governor, who's considered a possible 2016 White House contender, faces re-election next year, and a Quinnipiac survey released Tuesday showed him ahead of his likely Democratic opponent by only seven percentage points.

Ohio voters also support Clinton over other potential Republican contenders, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

None of the mentioned potential candidates have announced bids for the White House, but many of them have made high-profile trips to swing states or have said they're considering a run.

"Ms. Clinton easily defeats a bevy of other potential GOP aspirants," Brown said. "Interestingly, when voters are asked whether she would make a good president, more say yes, than say they would vote for her."

Also of note, voters are divided, 44%-45%, on whether Washington experience or experience outside the nation's capital would help someone be a good President, Brown added.

Another potential candidate, Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, sparked a debate when he argued last week in an interview that the next presidential and vice presidential nominees should be a current or former governor–though he noted his friend from Wisconsin, Rep. Paul Ryan, would be an exception.

Bad news for Democrats

With the President's approval rating dropping in recent polls–including the new Quinnipiac survey–Democrats on the ballot next year are concerned about a trickle-down effect.

At 34%, Obama's approval rating in Ohio is six percentage points lower than his previous low point in the Buckeye State, when it was at 40% this past June.

A majority–57%–say the President is not honest or trustworthy, while 39% say the opposite, according to the new survey.

"Clearly much of the reason for the president's decline in Ohio is 'Obamacare'," Brown said. "Ohio voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 59 – 35 percent. Perhaps more significantly, voters say 45 – 16 percent they expect their own health care to be worse rather than better a year from now."

"If voters still feel that way about their own situation come November 2014, that is likely to create a political playing field beneficial for Republicans," Brown added.

Apologizing for the broken promise that Obama and his fellow Democrats made in order to sell his signature health care plan–"If you like your plan, you can keep it"–the President acknowledged how the program's troubled kick-off could hurt Democrats in the voting booth.

"There is no doubt that our failure to rollout the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they are running or not because they stood up and supported this effort through thick and thin," Obama said earlier this month.

In fact, a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday showed a dramatic turnaround in the battle for control of Congress in next year's midterm elections.

While Democrats had a lead a month ago, the new poll indicates the GOP now holds a narrow 49%-47% advantage over Democrats when respondents are asked to choose between a Republican and a Democrat in their congressional district, without the candidates being identified.

Despite the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov, a majority of Americans still seem to have an open mind about whether Obamacare will work, and more than half of those surveyed in another CNN/ORC poll believe the current problems can be solved.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,361 registered voters by telephone from November 19 – 24, with an overall sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Ohio • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    At this point what difference does it make ???

    Americans are still DEAD in Bengahazi
    Clinton FAILED in her duty
    The cover-up continues

    NO.
    Mrs. Clinton.... We will NOT forget.

    Semper Fi

    November 27, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. russell turner

    Don't worry cnn will help hillariass get elected

    November 27, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    The average voter doesn't pick up on the subliminal messaging that they do
    -------------------------------------------------
    Rudy, please tell me you're kidding!
    Please tell me that the American electorate cannot possibly be this obtuse, this dimwitted, this forgetful, this disconnected???
    Please!!!
    I've been comforting myself by saying that TWICE people saw what the GOPeeing Teatards had to offer us and we rejected them in the election and re-election of our current President.
    So say it isn't so.
    I'm okay with saying that it would be the GOP's base -what miniscule fraction is left of it- that would swallow hook, line and sinker what they hear on Faux and Faux Lite, and what the Republicans are spinning.
    It would indeed be scary to think that after single-handedly pulling our economy out of the toilet, saving the auto industry, bringing unemployment under 8% like he said he would, committing political suicide by fulfilling his campaign promise with the ACA, killing our number one enemy bi Laden, on and on, I would be scary indeed if all of those accomplishements made possible through his hard work, and single-minded determination to look out for America's middle class would be so quickly and easily erased by a pack of lies. And not even good lies at that.
    Say it isn't so Rudy.....please.

    November 27, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. t

    Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the U.S. It is a foregone conclusion.

    November 27, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. NickAnast

    Too bad Christie won't win the GOP nomination.

    November 27, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    How recent is this photo of Christie? Because I tell you, if this is what the guy looks like, he'll never survive the rigors of a presidential campaign.

    He is so lacking in self-control in so many ways ...

    November 27, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @Free Man in the Republic of Texas: "At this point what difference does it make ???"

    FACT: Although 4 Americans were killed, 25-30 people were successfully evacuated from Libya.
    FACT: Read the FULL QUOTE below so you can see the context in which your convenient soundbite comes from (hint: you've probably never read this because you get all your info from RWNJ "media"):

    From the Benghazi hearings at which Clinton testified:

    Senator Johnson: No, again, we were misled that there were supposedly protests and that something sprang out of that - an assault sprang out of that - and that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact, and the American people could have known that within days and they didn’t know that.

    Clinton: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.

    Johnson: OK. Thank you, Madame Secretary.

    November 27, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @Free Man in the Republic of Texas: "At this point what difference does it make ??
    FACT: Although 4 Americans were killed, 25-30 people were successfully evacuated from Libya.
    FACT: Read the FULL QUOTE below so you can see the context in which your convenient soundbite comes from (hint: you've probably never read this because you get all your info from RWNJ "media"):

    From the Benghazi hearings at which Clinton testified:

    Senator Johnson: No, again, we were misled that there were supposedly protests and that something sprang out of that – an assault sprang out of that – and that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact, and the American people could have known that within days and they didn’t know that.

    Clinton: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.

    Johnson: OK. Thank you, Madame Secretary.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Thank you for the quote $24 billion.
    It will make no difference to the willfully ignorant, but maybe you've enlighted someone who not knowing any better was on the verge of believing the crap this rwnj spew.
    I enjoy reading all of your posts, and LOVE your moniker. May we never forget the $24 BILLION government shutdown brought to you courtesy of Turd Cruz and his Teatards....now playing in th Senate and the House.

    November 27, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    @Free Man in the Republic of Texas
    Whoa there pardner.... getting a little sick of the righties taking what the SOS said out of context. You should read the transcript of the 'entire' hearing and quit just putting that one line out there which supports faux news and the RWNJ Benghazi conspiracies. If you are truly a Marine (with your little Semper Fi) then you should at least show some respect to your Commander in Chief and stop assisting in the spreading of outright propaganda about one of our leaders... in other words, act like a true soldier and stop with the unbecoming conduct...
    Response by Hillary to badgering by a House member (name- Johnson- how appropriate and ironic) trying to illicit a response which fit his preconceived narrative (in other words- a republicant 'investigation).
    It had nothing to do with her discounting the death of Americans and shame on you for insinuating that for political purposes.

    Clinton: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.

    November 27, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Hawkeye07

    One is about as fat as the other so pretty easy to see why they are tied – however, once Hilarity's Benghazi debacle eventually floats to the surface, the little sumo may find herself in prison for criminal negligence.

    November 27, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Too Smart

    OK...who is selecting the photos? And why do you select ones that make the both of them look like idiots? Another way the media sways the elections. I thought CNN was above that.

    November 27, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. brezzy

    isnt it just a hoot that the most important voting region in the free world is made up of undereducated soccer moms and unskilled rust-belters ? apparently these people think john boehner is doing a "helluvajob" in between scrapple feedings

    November 27, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Jo Se

    The choice between being stabbed in the right eye or in the left eye.

    November 27, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. EdL

    I think for an elderly lady Hillary is doing great in her quest for the presidency.

    November 27, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    I can see the Benghazi conspiracy theorists are going to continue to sell their snake oil, apparently one drop at a time. Just make some innocuous statement about it and then run and hide. The sign of a true coward. Why even get on here if you don't wish to truly debate an issue or defend your position? I see the republicant voters are no more trustworthy nor brave than their leadership. No surprise there, I guess.
    The Benghazi tragedy was just that... a tragedy. Bringing the culprits to justice who killed the 4 Americans is important and should be pursued, as I'm sure this Administration will do (after all, we got Osama Bin Laden, right?).
    Unlike the previous Administration who spent more time running for cover than they did ever actually trying to pursue justice, as this President has.
    Oh sure, there will always be these cowards who want to point fingers, accuse, and then hide from the reality that SOS Clinton did not kill these folks, her policies were not the cause of their tragic deaths, and she has in no way attempted to use these deaths for any political gamesmanship or advantage.
    This cannot be said of the republicant leadership and the scalawag accusers on here who hide behind their anonymity.

    November 27, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. DJ Reality

    To: Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Semper Fi is for the Marines not the CIA. The CIA screwed up Benghazi not my beloved corps.

    November 27, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. gahh

    Obama should have never been the Democrat's pick. He has done nothing he promised, before being elected. Clinton should have been in there the last 5 years. There would be no Obamacare, and illegals wouldn't be taking over the country, thanks to Obama's love for illegals, over legal Americans.

    November 27, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. stopdrinkinthekoolaid

    how about .. NONE OF THE ABOVE

    November 27, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Tom

    Chris Christie could win the presidency except for one thing: There WILL be a third candidate–probably Rand Paul–and the vote of the right will be split, thus allowing Hillary to win.
    Her husband benefited from the same thing, with Perot as the third candidate.

    November 27, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. Sheila

    if the vote is between these two – I would vote for the person on the left.....If the vote was for Hillary vs. John Kerry, I would Vote for Kerry....he would have been better than the current occupant of the W.H. which is nothing but a dismal failure, not to mention incompetent. Too bad we've got 3 more years of incompetency, & weakness. No wonder the rest of the world looks at us as weak, not to mention that we cannot keep our own house in order. Take a good hard look at that 17 trillion and counting. Our community organizer in thief doesn't care how much higher it goes. As far as he's concerned, he thinks it will automatically go away, if you dream about it going away. Look for 18 Trillion by the time he leaves office

    November 27, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Kinard

    Take all the polls you like. When it gets down to the day of the election we'll see who wins. The people will speak loud and clear, and some are going to have egg on their face, if it gets past his mouth.

    November 27, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Patrick in Wisconsin

    For once we don't have two complete goofballs matched up. I'd love to see them debate.

    November 27, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. Juan

    Clinton hype. She's long dead. People are struggling with loosing their healthcare plans.

    November 27, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. loadmaster3

    Please Lord, give us Dr. Benjamin Carson in 2016!

    November 27, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. Logictox

    "What does it matter now"? This woman has done absolutely nothing. How can she even be considered for the nomination. The media wanted a black president so they made one out of a terrible community leader. Now they want a woman president so they will try to make one out of another failure.

    November 27, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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