Poll: Obama flirts with all-time low approval in Ohio as Clinton remains strong
July 31st, 2014
10:17 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Obama flirts with all-time low approval in Ohio as Clinton remains strong

(CNN) – Ohio voters have soured on President Barack Obama, according to a new survey, but are still upbeat about Hillary Clinton, his possible Democratic successor.

Thirty-six percent of Ohio voters approve of the way Obama is handing his job as president, according to the Quinnipiac University poll, a number that is only three percentage points above the President's Buckeye State low point of 34% in November 2013. Fifty-nine percent of Ohio voters disapprove of how the President's handling his duties.


Obama's approval rating in Ohio has been at or below 40% since summer of 2013, according to Quinnipiac polling.

The fall of Obama's Ohio approval rating is striking given the President defeated Mitt Romney in 2012 by garnering 51% of the vote in the crucial presidential battleground state.

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But Ohio's disapproval of Obama doesn't appear to be dragging down Hillary Clinton, who the poll shows is outpacing a stable of potential Republican 2016 opponents.

In hypothetical general election matchups, Clinton tops Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky by four points, Ohio Gov. John Kasich by seven points, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 11 points and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by nine points, according to the poll.

A majority of Ohio voters (52%) also have a favorable opinion of Clinton, a number higher than any possible Republican presidential hopefuls. Although 43% of Ohio voters have a negative opinion of the former secretary of state, that number has remained steady for much of the last year.

"The bad news for Democrats is that President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Ohio is close to his all-time, all-state low," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the poll. "The good news for the party is that the president doesn’t appear to be hurting the Democrats’ consensus front-runner for 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."

Digging into the numbers, Clinton out shines Obama in a number of key voting groups, too.

More Ohio women disapprove (52%) of Obama than those who approve (42%) of him. Clinton, by comparison, enjoys a nearly 30 point gap with 61% of Ohio women having a favorable opinion of the former secretary of state.

With independents, Clinton is also outpacing Obama. Forty-nine percent of Ohio independents have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 30% who approve of Obama.

A majority of Ohio men and Republicans have a negative view of both Obama and Clinton.

"Secretary Clinton… is almost everyone's favorite candidate," said Brown. "She squeaks past U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and easily defeats each of the other Republicans she is matched against and has a solidly positive favorability rating. Obviously there is a long way to go until 2016, but at this point the political problems the president is encountering are not rubbing off on her."

The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted July 24-28, with 1,366 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. sifto77

    With the last dem choice for potus such a disappointment, whý would anyone trust the dems judgment for their last time rejected candidate?

    July 31, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Anonymous

    And Hillary will be no better.

    July 31, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    -do you think Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Huckabee, Sanitarium, Rick Perry better? They sell this nation for one dime to China, India. Just know this. They go to war, send your kids to war. Nonsense talk.

    July 31, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. One accomplishment

    When Obama leaves office, he will have only one accomplishment: Dividing Americans deeper and along more partisan lines. Even his legacy "achievement" ObamaCare hasn't met any significant benchmark. GM has recalled a historic number of cars. Al Qaeda is still active; Its affiliates like ISIS thrive. Net 1.1% GDP growth is anemic. IRS hassling political opposition....

    July 31, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Everyone in America, is smart enough to see, that Obama has imported the illegal kids, deliberately. They KNOW that when his puppet Reid rejected changing the law that Obama is abusing to allow him to import these illegals, that Obama is a fraud.

    He will find out just how much of America opposes the illegal immigration, come November.

    July 31, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Marty

    If I equate this to a family of five (since this is his home State) it means 3 of his family don't like him, one likes him sometimes and 1 likes him all the time (probably Mom). I don't think I'd be welcomed at home.

    July 31, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. smith

    Does this poll really surprise anyone? Sounds like some are having buyers remorse.

    July 31, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Voters will always blame the man at the top. Most voters must not realize that the POTUS cannot force the Congress to act on anything. I should note that Pres. Obama's approval rating is more than twice that of Congress. I guess the voters lay some of the blame for the Congress' poor performance on the president.

    July 31, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    One accomplishment

    When Obama leaves office, he will have only one accomplishment: Dividing Americans deeper and along more partisan lines.
    ---------------------
    I am forced to admit that his election and subsequent re-election did raise the hairs on some folks' necks. But, divisive he was not. How can you call Pres. Obama divisive when you have folks like Bachmann campaigning for 2012 saying stuff like, "He's not one of us. We have to take our country back."

    No. Most all of the divisive language has been originating out of right wing media. From Beck saying on Fox that the president "hates white people" to The Grand Limbaugh saying that he "wants the president to fail" the day he was sworn in.

    I have no doubt that many conservatives have genuine feelings that the political atmosphere in this country has become highly charged and divided. As far as the right wing goes, most all of it has been self inflicted.

    July 31, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. rla

    No more DEMOCRAT?PROGRESSIVES for decades to come! Besides Clinton will be strong right up to her next fainting spell!

    July 31, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Gunderson

    What!,
    First Romney and now Hillary! Now folks stop the hatin" !!! Really. you want to Impeach, Sue me! Really, for doing my job. Oh, it's about your job??? You don't have a job !! I will have to dust off another Campaign Speech. Got plenty of them you know. Ohio? What part of West Virginia is that, anyhow?

    July 31, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "He will find out just how much of America opposes the illegal immigration, come November."

    LOL. Do you guys sit around playing ominous music while you make these statements? Will you be suggesting a moat containing sharks with lasers attached to their heads next?

    July 31, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "ObamaCare hasn't met any significant benchmark."

    8 Million signed up by the March deadline, which exceeded the goal. 20 million people have now obtained coverage through the ACA. Major hospital networks are reporting drops in uninsured patients seeking treatment and failing to pay in the range of 6%-8%, which is extremely significant for the hospitals' bottom lines and will make them more profitable and/or provide them with capital for doing things like expanding facilities or hiring new doctors and staff. You guys simply live in a giant opaque bubble painted in ideology and the turds you fling all day at everything like a gaggle of angry macaques...screeching and gesticulating wildly in response to all the feedback reality is sending you that you're wrong.

    July 31, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Hillary Inathong

    Obama is blatantly aiding and abetting illegal immigrants and wants to reward them with work visas for breaking US immigration law.

    July 31, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. guest

    Ohio...the rhetoric is strong, they have been under siege by a torrent of political advertising. RNC is holding their convention there, one would imagine they have fluffed the bed pretty well before going to lay down, funny though that the state still comes out to say, nah we still dont want those republican candidates. Ohio is a crazy place, has been since standard oil promised 60 car loads of oil a day.

    July 31, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. yolanda

    Obama has had the responsibility of governing, which by definition is divisive to some degree. Hillary has had the luxury of doing a "book tour" and opining on what she would do if she was queen for a day....not a valid comparison. Though MSM is generally easy on Obama (excluding Fox), Hillary has been served puff ball questions and given huge amounts of free PR, again making it a less than levell playing field.

    July 31, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Hillary better redouble her efforts to distance herself from this chump pronto.

    July 31, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    One accomplishment

    When Obama leaves office, he will have only one accomplishment: Dividing Americans deeper and along more partisan lines.
    -------
    I am forced to admit that his election and subsequent re-election did raise the hairs on some folks' necks. But, divisive he was not. How can you call Pres. Obama divisive when you have folks like Bachmann campaigning for 2012 saying stuff like, "He's not one of us. We have to take our country back."

    No. Most all of the divisive language has been originating out of right wing media. From Beck saying on Fox that the president "hates white people" to The Grand Limbaugh saying that he "wants the president to fail" the day he was sworn in.

    I have no doubt that many conservatives have genuine feelings that the political atmosphere in this country has become highly charged and divided. As far as the right wing goes, most all of it has been self inflicted.
    -------------–
    Truly the Right has done this to itself. Everyone can see it. But like the right wing war on women, racism, sabotage of government, the right is quick to say "oh no it is liberals that are [fill in the blank]. And even now, that conservatives have shouted "impeach" for years, all of a sudden it is liberals that are pushing impeachment. Truly, they have jumped the shark, the whale and sailed right into the sky.

    July 31, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Uncle Tom

    People are waking upto

    July 31, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. excuse my rant

    Sniffit
    "He will find out just how much of America opposes the illegal immigration, come November."

    LOL. Do you guys sit around playing ominous music while you make these statements? Will you be suggesting a moat containing sharks with lasers attached to their heads next?
    _____________________________
    "You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!"
    :-)

    July 31, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. smith1

    if the president is at 40% what are those crazies in the repo party at???? You really want a paul or cruz as president? get real

    July 31, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "Obama is blatantly aiding and abetting illegal immigrants and wants to reward them with work visas for breaking US immigration law."

    Read that on the back of your Bath Salts Crunch box this morning, eh?

    July 31, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "Hillary better redouble her efforts to distance herself from this chump pronto."

    The data in the article doesn't even suggest correlation, so what are you even talking about?

    July 31, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |