October 6th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll Watch: Ohio Senate race

(CNN) - Ohio's Lt. Governor Lee Fisher trails Republican Rob Portman in the race for the state's U.S. Senate seat by 19-points, suggests a new poll released by Quinnipiac University.

This is virtually the same place that the Democratic nominee stood in the previous Quinnipiac poll released September 17, when Portman led Fisher 55 to 35 percent. Now, 55 percent of likely voters state they will choose Portman, while 36 percent favor Fisher.

Capturing the independent vote in Ohio is vital here, as Portman leads 67 to 25 percent among independent voters. Portman has also secured his base, with 93 percent of Republicans affirming their support for him.

Ohio Democrats are behind Fisher as well, but in smaller numbers, with 80 percent of Democratic voters saying they'll vote for him. And though women support Fisher 47 to 43 percent, the gender divide packs a punch in Ohio, where men prefer Portman 63 to 30 percent.

Portman also wins the values vote, with 52 percent of likely voters saying they believe he most shares their values. Only 33 percent claim that Fisher shares their values the most.

"It would seem that Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher's best shot at victory might be finding a way to stop men from voting. Otherwise, he faces an incredibly uphill battle... in reversing a 33-point disadvantage among male voters," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

So what's driving Ohioans?  Thirty-seven percent of likely voters say they are angry and 81 percent of angry voters back Portman. Forty-five percent of likely voters say that Ohio's economy is getting worse; Portman leads among this group as well 78 to 14 percent. Among the fourteen percent of likely voters who say the economy is getting better, Fisher leads 79 to 12 percent. The climate doesn't bode well for Fisher in Ohio, where 54 percent of likely voters want their next U.S. Senator to oppose President Barack Obama's policies and thirty-nine percent want Obama's policies supported.

Filed under: 2010 • Lee Fisher • Ohio • Rob Portman
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Riley

    Voters in Ohio are not stupid. They know Portman will do more to jumpstart the economy than another senator who simply sides with Obama and his destructive policies.

    October 6, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. 27 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    The climate doesn't bode well for Fisher in Ohio, where 54 percent of likely voters want their next U.S. Senator to oppose President Barack Obama's policies and thirty-nine percent want Obama's policies supported.
    This is the climate AROUND THE COUNTRY. Every Republican would be leading by double digits if they just tell it like it is. All these DemocRATS will be Obozo rubber stampers, just like they have been the last two years.

    The choice is SIMPLE. If you want more socialism, out of control spending, deficits and debt, huge new entitlement programs, trillion dollar pork masquerading as "stimiulus", union thugs in the Whitehouse, leftist on the Supreme Court, etc.then by all means vote for the Progressive/Socialist on the ballot. He has a D next to his name!

    October 6, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. stufthis

    Angry people should be angry with the republicans. It was a republican president and a republican congress who drove us to a near depression with their unfunded tax cuts, unfunded wars, borrowing from China, unfunded drug programs, and a huge increase in the size of government. Just because they now refuse to help anyone in need, should not get them off the hook.

    October 6, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    It seems like the more they see of Obama and Biden the better the Republicans do. Where do I submit a request for Obama and Biden to visit California again?

    October 6, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. ex-sarge

    Not once in any exchange with Rob Portman, have I heard anyone asking, "When you worked for George Bush, what exactly did you do?" Neither has the Republican candidate for Governor (Kasich) been asked what he did in Congress that benefited Lehman Brothers, and what kind of golden parachute did Lehman give him before he came back to Ohio politics. No one is even trying to hold these men to the same standards as their opponets. I was a Republican, but their sell out to big money makes me sick.

    October 6, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. D. Bunker

    Hey all you angry Ohioans, if you're angry, direct your anger at the person who caused the economic meltdown. That would be PORTMAN, who was one of the architects for Bush's disastrous economic policies. If you liked the ditch he drove America into last time, you're gonna LOVE the canyon Portman will drive you into this time. Please, get over your anger, or at least focus it on the right target. That would be the GOBP, who do NOT have the interests of average mainstrteam Americans in mind. Instead, Portman and the rest of the GOBP want you to live in a feudalism type society where the rich get richer and you just work harder for less money as your jobs are outsourced. Portman will be a disaster for Ohio and America. Get out the vote and vote Dem.

    October 6, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. leo PA

    If he win, i hope he will ship more or ya'll jobs over seas

    October 6, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Haren

    Read today's new york times about properties deal in Dubai.
    Once you sign the contract it is very difficult to get out from contract and get your deposit of 80% back.
    You know why because they don't have regulation.
    Republican senator Shelby, Alexander and Judd Graig wanted to repeal the recent financial reform bill passed in congress after the election.

    To Independent voters,
    Welcome to Dubai, if you vote in Ohio for republican senator.

    October 6, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. D. Bunker

    Voting for Portman is like voting to have a pedophile teach. Pedophiles cannot be cured and cultist like Portman who worship the failed "ideas" of Friedman and Rand cannot be cured either. He's a disaster waiting to happen. If the captain of the Titanic survived, would you want to see him piloting your cruise ship?

    October 6, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Media going over speed-limit

    Bullying Christine O'Donell with the help of wise-cracker Bill Maher...Chris Coon racing 53-points over speed-limit and might crash right out of the race....The media wants to convince Americans in 2010 that there are real life-witches...making the USA a laughing-stock around the world....Lets face it Washington needs a good house-cleaning...go to it America on November 2, 2010......................................................................................................................................!!

    October 6, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |