Ohio Poll: Plurality say Brown & Obama deserve re-election
January 20th, 2011
11:14 AM ET
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Ohio Poll: Plurality say Brown & Obama deserve re-election

Washington (CNN) - By a 45-30 percent margin, Ohio voters say Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown deserves to be re-elected in 2012, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday also indicates that by a 48-44 percent margin, Ohio voters say President Barack Obama also deserves another term in the White House.

Forty-five percent of people questioned in the poll say they approve of the job Brown is doing as senator, with one in four saying they disapprove. In a matchup against an un-named Republican candidate, the poll indicates that Brown leads 45 to 33 percent, with independent voters divided.

"Sen. Sherrod Brown starts off his 2012 re-election campaign in decent but not overwhelming shape," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "He'd like to be above the magic 50 percent threshold, but he is within hailing distance."

According to the survey, by a 49-46 percent margin Ohio voters approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House, reversing a negative 45 to 49 percent margin last June. And 44 percent say they'd vote for Obama in 2012, with 39 percent saying they would support an un-named Republican candidate.

Then-Rep. Brown defeated Republican Sen. Mike DeWine by 12 points in 2006 and Obama won the state by five percentage points over Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. But Republicans won big in Ohio last November, recapturing the governorship and five House seats.

"Given the shellacking Democrats took in the November election both here in Ohio and around the country, both Sen. Brown and President Obama begin their 2012 campaigns in reasonably good shape," adds Brown.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Jan. 12-17, with 1,299 registered voters in Ohio questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    OK, according to the Poll, we're still just a plurality, but still its telling.
    We are not the ones screaming and carrying on, but we know truth when we hear it and see it.

    Its easy to carry signs and wear hats and spew hatred filled lies and lie filled hatred, it is NOT so easy to keep from joining into the fray and screaming back.

    January 20, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Brown is going to be re-elected, then he needs to build up his numbers. Fortunately, he has some time to get his name in a positive light before November 2012.

    January 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. civility is cool

    Glad to see the President AND Sen. Brown with some decent poll numbers. So much for your "mandate", Republicans! You all better get to work and do something positive to help the working class or you WILL be out soon!

    January 20, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. a health economist

    I'm impressed CNN, you've finally correctly noted that it is a plurality and not majority for these numbers. I've given you jabs before for this. Thank you!

    January 20, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    It is widely known that the Quinnipiac University "surveys" are the most inaccurate ones around. They are almost ALWAYS the furtherest from the final result when it comes to elections. Frankly, I don't know why CNN, or anybody else for that matter, quotes their inaccurate results.

    f you look back before the Nov. 2 election, I'm sure these idiots were saying the Democrats were going to maintain control of the House.

    January 20, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ohioians don't want the Bush policies back again, it put them in the soup lines, they lost their retirement pensions and they haven't forgotten. Being born and raised in Ohio I know how hard these people have always worked, raised good families, education was always most important for their children and it saddens me to see what Ohioians have endured due to Republican policies.

    January 20, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. gt

    2 yrs is a mighty long time....

    January 20, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    Brown has allot of poor uneducated people in his district. A politician democrat’s delight!

    January 20, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. paul

    Being a midwest Ohio guy (even though I now live in Michigan)I would like to give credit to folks from the midwest. Most Ohio voters are common sense people who can cut through all the rhetoric on cable news, talk shows, etc and vote honestly. I happen to agree with this poll: Obama is trying to make this country better and Brown is always working for the "common" people. Ohio is lucky to have him and the country is lucky to have Obama during these trying times.

    January 20, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Why does this matter

    Ok, so why does this matter. A poll in Jan 2011. Is this the state that just increased the number of Republicans in public office in Nov 2010? This poll makes no sense that in 2 months a state could shift that dramatically. What a waste of internet space.

    January 20, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(real one)

    That's excellent news. The fact is, that in spite of the GOP's desire to "make sure Obama fails" ....... President Obama has had many successes. The first and foremost success was in keeping our Nation from slipping into another great depression! Had he and the Democrats in Congress not passed the Stimulus, not helped keep the U.S. Auto industry, not helped out U.S. Banks, etc., we would be facing another 32% unemployment! According to a recent CNN poll the majority of Americans still blame Bush & the Republicans for the economic disaster we have been dealing with.

    BTW the newly released NBC/WSJ (Wall Street Journal) Poll shows that President Obama's approval rating is ....... 53%. Thank YOU, America for not falling for the GOP's propaganda of fear!

    January 20, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Bill

    Obama has a lot of support in the northeast and California but in the southern states he is thought of as a weak President. Obama will continue to do well in those states where people are moving out of to get jobs in the states where everyone knows he is a disaster as President. He does well in NY, CA, IL, and the rest of the places where there is economic flight.

    January 20, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. A Kickin' Donkey

    The Democrat's question to the Republican incumbant or aspiring office holder should always be:

    "What have you done [or will you do] that DIRECTLY improves the life, employment, physical health or economic well being of the EVERYDAY working man or woman?" Force them to address this question and they will be revealed for the COPORATE SHILLS that the GOP usually is.

    Don't allow an answer that is a version of, " We will increase American competitiveness [READ COPORATE STRENGTH] and that, in turn will create JOBS that will benefit the working man or woman."

    If voters in Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois and Wisconsin DEMAND a detailed answer to this question, America will be restored to it's place of greatness.

    January 20, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Sherrod Brown??????

    What in the world has that clown done besides fetch donuts for fat boy Ed Schultz every night? The dude is as worthless as an ashtray on a motorcycle.

    Hey Ohio... elect that idiot again and you deserve the morass that you're in.

    January 20, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    I have never in my lifetime witnessed any media outlet spend as much energy and treasury in an attempt to destroy and denegrate anyone.......but more so, one who is NOT an elected or announced to be elected offical, as Sarah Palin is???
    So her poll numbers have gone down, since when does that mean "American is growing tired of Palin".....what a JUMP to criticize! What about when Obambi's numbers were down.....I didn't see CNN say America Growing Tired Of Obambi.....
    The Masters of SPIN, On CNN
    Know Notta of a Paradox
    They Can Take A Good Name
    And Bring It To Shame
    While Their Viewers
    Turn To Fox!

    January 20, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Lori in St Pete

    Only two months and the voters are already experiencing "buyer's remorse". We tried to warn ya repugs, but you wouldn't listen. Now all we can do for the next two years is watch while the repugs move forward with their plans to complete destroy the nation. If it wasn't for the dems taking the majority in the house/senate in 2006, the country would have ceased to exist by the 2008 elections.

    January 20, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Chipster

    Voters just voted for gridlock, wasted time on investigating whatever the GOP can dream up, and grandstanding like we all witnessed yesterday. So, when nothing gets done, they'll blame Washington and take no responsibility for their own actions. The GOP has done nothing for anyone but corporations, insurance and pharmaceutical companies. I don't understand why seniors and middle class workers support them.

    January 20, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    O.K., CNN, is this what we have to look forward to for the next 2 years? Polls, polls and more polls? When will you release the polls of CNN's abysmal primetime ratings and ever-declining viewership and readership? And CNN continues to wonder why they have to rely on tragedy and scandal (e.g., Beck, Palin and Limbaugh) and national disasters to boost their reputation for the time surrounding each episode.

    January 20, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. ybs

    Not a single GOP vote has been relevant - passing and/or repealing the health care reform. Let's keep it that way in 2012.

    January 20, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |