July 7th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: President Obama's numbers drop in crucial state

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/30/art.bofin0630.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Angela Gravano

    It's going to take more than 6 months to repair the damage done by the previous administration. And anyone who cannot see that is blind.

    July 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Mike said "I don't trust polls like this, how can anyone honestly define the opinion of everyone in Ohio based on talking to a little over 1000 people?"

    Ahhh... but I'd be willing to bet that if the poll said "Poll shows Ohio Soundly Approves of Obama's Agenda", you'd sing a different tune.

    July 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Dennis

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

    July 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. I laugh at comrade Limbaugh daily

    Your doing a great job President Obama and will get Ohio out of the republican sewer it once was.Good morning redneck TCM,see your using all fifty of your aliases to spew your Limbaugh inspired filth today

    July 7, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Really

    Big deal. The election is a long ways a way and the American Public has a short term memory. A year before the election, he will say we have a lot more work to do and that he is still cleaning up Bush's mess. He will make a bunch of promises based on his audeince and everything will be fine.

    July 7, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. B.H.

    Short sighted people that want everything fixed immediately. Obama inherited a train wreck and -might- need more than 6 months to get it done people!


    July 7, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Fed Up in Ohio

    Our President was just elected and already he is being evaluated on his performance through random and small polling to reflect the views of an entire state 5 full months into his presidency. Can't we give him a chance to GOVERN before making him be a candidate again?!?!?

    And trust me, the folks here in Ohio may live in a "crucial" state but they are certainly not enlightened. Obama's numbers are probably suffering because of what is going on in the state and they feel the need to blame someone.

    July 7, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. sickofthelibs

    America is wising up! Too bad they let the morons vote in the first place.

    July 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Legna

    For gosh sakes stop blaming others for this economy. Grow up and realize wether u r a Democrat, Republican,Independent,or other, this economy is n terrible trouble...We have got to clear out Congress and all that agree with what they are doing. This President and Congress are too special interest oriented to the extent it is hurtful. Obamas numbers r going to continue to drop and Congress should b rated as inept. GET THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE before its too late.

    July 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Henry Miller

    People are finally catching on that spending trillions of dollars we don't have isn't the brightest thing to do.

    July 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Obama has no clue......

    on how to fix the economy, stem unemployment or stop foreclosures....

    He also has no clue on how to handle N. Korea and Iran....

    Tell me why we need him.

    July 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. travis

    i didn't vote for him but i don't want too see him fail. that would mean that america has failed i didn't want john mccain in office i would i have loved too had hillary so i guess everyone has some anwsers too why she didn't win but the president now will get us out of this mess just as long as congress gets a clue too work for america not for their pockets , cause it seems everyone is counting out that congress seems too run america and we are the ones that VOTE them in they say one person can make a difference i don't believe that don't put people up on a high place they tend too fall really far ......

    July 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. dj

    Maybe Alec Baldwin can become gov of Ohio and save the day.

    July 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Vince

    O.K., so his approval rating dropped 13 points from one month to the next, and at a time when unemployment is rising and the economy continues to slump. If the next presidential election were held right now, yes, I think there would be trouble. However, we have nearly 3.5 YEARS until the next presidential election. Looking at the numbers in a "battleground" state at this point is rather, well...pointless.

    Funny how those posters on the right readily embrace polls when they come out AGAINST Obama, but when they are positive towards Obama we see comments like "polls don't tell the whole story", "who are they polling?", "no one I know agrees with that!" and so forth.

    July 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Andrew

    I can't help but laugh at the guy that compared DOW jones numbers in january to now. Don't comment on economic matters if you have no idea of how they work.

    July 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Tate

    How can 48% of the population have a positive view of this thief N chief! He has stolen from us, our kids and grandkids and it only made it worst. He will then sit up there with those big ears and stumble and stamber like a group down at the barbershop about how things are going well. You get what you deserve america for being ignorant and more worried about american idol then you childrens future. Hope and change great isnt it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Henry Miller

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

    If greedy unions hadn't priced American workers out of the market, companies wouldn't have look elsewhere for people willing to work for reasonable wages.

    July 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Ken

    Sounds like folks in Ohio are starting to wake up to this snake-oil salesman’s spending fiasco.

    Too bad it is going to take generations to undo the damage from the complete lack of financial integrity coming from Washington.

    July 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Ex-Repug Gal

    How on earth can anyone blame Obama for what clearly took years to create? Many don't realize how much worse it could have been had the Republicans gotten their way. Tax cuts would have put us in a depression. The economy doesn't trickle down. It will be a couple of years for us to get out of it.

    July 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. David

    What are the poll numbers for the Congressmen and Senators from Ohio??? I thought so. Most of them have been re elected several times, and yet what have they done to improve the quality of life and economy in Ohio. Seems pretty unfair to hinge everything on the President when it takes Congress and the Senate to vote things through. Obama can come up with policies all day long , but when you have an obstructionist government and people like Joe the Plumber to claim to have the solution, its no wonder why Obamas' polls would be down in this state.

    July 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Zora La Rousse, Lugano CH

    When will those opposed to President Obama begin to couple their one-line zingers in response to articles such as these with actual policies that McCain and Palin would have done better?

    Probably not for a long time if ever.

    July 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Mike

    This recession will be over when it becomes worthwhile for The Risk Takers to once again re-enter the market without the fear of having the fruits of their labor confiscated and flushed down a rat hole.

    If one wants more employees, there must be more employers.

    And while I'm at it: just because you work for a company doesn't mean you get to own it. You work for wages. Do you also share in the losses? No.

    Want to own it? Start your own business.

    Believing the contrary makes you a presumptuous thief.

    July 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Zion

    You know what's funny, his numbers should be lower considering the types of problems that he is handling, but yet they are not.

    July 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. please go away, obama

    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!

    July 7, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. paul

    Mr Obama seems to prefer to be the man in front of the camera, whether it be giving those beautifully eloquent speeches or taking his wife out to dinner, he is the star. I see more news on Mr Obama, though, taking the girls for ice cream or hoping on AIRFORCE 1 and taking his wife (on tax payer money) to NYC for the day to see a broadway show and have some dinner (and then jet back to DC so he can rest his head on his pillow in the white house).

    He screams "SHAME" on the auto giants for taking private jets to testify but doesn't even consider that EVEN if he was a normal man, like you and I struggling to make ends meet, he would never waste his own money to fly to NYC for JUST a date.

    Don't get me wrong, Mr Obama is a ROCK STAR. But we voted for a leader, a President. A man who said he would fix things even if they took time. America is waking up to the fact that we can't have it both with this man.

    July 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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