Poll: Do Ohio voters want to re-elect Obama?
March 24th, 2011
09:53 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Do Ohio voters want to re-elect Obama?

(CNN) - Voters in a crucial battleground state are divided over whether President Barack Obama deserves another term in the White House, but a plurality would vote for him over an unnamed Republican challenger in 2012, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday also indicates that a plurality of Ohio voters think that freshman Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown deserves re-election next year.

Forty-five percent of people questioned in the poll say that Obama deserves a second term in office, with 46 percent saying no. And Ohio voters are also split on the job the president's doing in the White House, with 47 percent saying they approve and 48 percent saying they disapprove of how his handling his duties.

The poll indicates the typical partisan divide, with a independents by a 50 to 42 percent margin disapproving of how Obama's doing in office and by a 49 to 40 percent margin saying he doesn't deserve re-election.

But by a 41 to 34 percent margin, Ohio voters say they would vote for Obama in 2012 against an unnamed Republican opponent, with 16 percent saying it depends on who the GOP challenger would be, and nearly one in ten unsure.

"There is little change in President Obama's approval rating in Ohio, which historically has been among the most important swing states in presidential elections, as he's hovering about where he was during most of 2010," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The small lead over an unnamed Republican and the split verdict on whether he deserves another term indicate that, as has been the case in most presidential elections over recent decades, Ohio will be closely contested."

President George W. Bush edged out Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic challenger, clinching his re-election victory in the 2004 election. Obama took the state by 5 points over Sen. John McCain of Arizona in the 2008 contest.

The poll indicates that 43 percent of Ohio voters approve of the job Brown's doing as senator, with 27 percent disapproving and three in ten unsure.

By a 45 to 30 percent margin, they say he deserves re-election and by a 45 to 29 percent margin, they say they would vote for him over an unnamed Republican challenger.

Then-Rep. Brown defeated Republican Sen. Mike DeWine by 12 points in 2006. Besides Obama's victory in 2008, Democrats also captured three GOP held House seats. But Republicans won big in the Buckeye state last November, recapturing the governorship and five House seats.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted March 15-21, with 1,384 registered voters in Ohio questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. terry, va

    Ohio has become a welfare state. That plays directly into Obummie's hand. High unemployment as a result of Unions, high welfare and bight in the cities equal Acorn thuggery and Obummie handouts. Hopefully there will enough people in Ohio that don't want socialism and will kick Obummie out.

    March 24, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    If Republicans run ANY of the current front runners (OK, maybe not Romney), there will be a Democrat in the White House for a LONG time.

    March 24, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Ohio Voter

    Not only NO, but HELL-NO!

    March 24, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. JDD

    What an extraordinary article. Digging into it a few paragraphs, we find that:

    "Forty-five percent of people questioned in the poll say that Obama deserves a second term in office, with 46 percent saying no. And Ohio voters are also split on the job the president's doing in the White House, with 47 percent saying they approve and 48 percent saying they disapprove of how his handling his duties."

    So this could have just as accurately been the first paragraph, right? And the headline could have just as accurately been: "Plurality would vote against Obama" right?

    But instead, in the opening paragraph we learn that Obama is favored "over an unnamed challenger"?

    What a blatant slant!

    March 24, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Dennis

    My guess is Ohio is one of many states that voted for Obama in 2008 that won't in 2012.

    March 24, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Marie MD

    I have friends from Ohio, they are republicans and they would NEVER vote for anyone on the present list of clowns from the rethug party!!
    I hope Ohioans are smarter than people from MN!!!

    March 24, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Bob in PA

    WHy would anyone want to re-elect him ? People knew more about Al Capone than we know about Obama.
    He has hedden his past and lied straight to our faces. In his first year he funneled more mony to his cronies and special interest groups than anyone would think possible. And why would I compare hime to ole Al, just ask a former GM shareholder.

    March 24, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. State of Tennessee

    Once again, the public has soundly rejected the child-man president, regardless of the pretty picture CNN tries to paint. What kind of president sends American troops into harm's way for no apparent reason and then doesn't even bother to pick up the phone to call the leaders of Great Britain and France for several days. It's going to be very close as to whether or not this country manages to survive until January 2013 when this loon can be sent packing. When is the next royal vacation?

    March 24, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    I don't see anyone in the political field that is capable of replacing the President. And who cares what people in Iowa think. That's the problem with this country. A small minority of people don't face the adverse effects of our economy because they live in suburban communities and not in metropolitan cities. If i lived in Iowa, I'd probably blow my brains out.

    March 24, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think it is smart for Ohioans to wait to see if Trump, Palin or Bachmann is going to be the GOP candidate. Newt has spun positions so many times, he has a shot at being a ceiling fan in Hades, Mittens will be flipping flap jacks at the Koch mansion, Haley will be lobbying for big oil, and Baptist Rev. Huckabee will take over the Westboro Baptist Church because they are to middle of the road and need a conservative message. Little Timmy will be forming a committee to see if Minneapolis would elect him to bridge supervisor.

    March 24, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. GOP-Tea Party IDIOTs

    the GOP drunkard gov John Kasich will deliver Ohio to President Obama in 2012.............................his approval rating is already in the toilet in less than 3months in office!

    Ohioans are already having a buyers remorse on that bundungle jobs promise and Contract with America BS the GOP sold them last Nov...the GOP gov are now attacking the middle class with their political assault rifles and marching orders provided to them by the KOCH BROTHERs and WALL STREETs!

    GOP drunkard gov John Kasich is NOW sitting on Ohio JOBs boards as CEO...But he is ONLY cutting public sector JOBS, and creating NONE ZERO NADA ZILCH!!!!

    go figure!

    March 24, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. carrotroot

    President Obama is doing well in other polls as well, according to the most recent Pew poll 48% said they would vote for Obama, while 35% said Republican. Among registered voters, 47% said they would re-elect Obama and while 37% would elect a Republican.

    March 24, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. FM

    I will also vote for him. I do not see anyone from GOP side who has any concrete issue to change my mind. They only thing they do is bashing. Very few like this old style of campaigning!

    March 24, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Jimm

    Kasich's actions have pretty much assured Brown's re-election, and with the clowns running in the GOP, Obama will win easily.

    March 24, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. obama victim

    I owe all an apology...back during the election, everyone told me that if I voted for McCain, the U S would be in another war..well, I didn't listen...I voted for McCain, and sure enough, we are in another war

    March 24, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Peter s

    "Voters in a crucial battleground state are divided over whether President Barack Obama deserves another term in the White House, but a plurality would vote for him over an unnamed Republican challenger in 2012, according to a new poll." WHY IN THE FIRST PLACE CONDUCT THE SURVEY IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO NAME THE REPUBLICAN CLOWN? GUTTER POLITICAL NEWS AT BEST!!

    March 24, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. WiredwierdinSF

    That would only be the drug addicted, non working, non taxpaying Oprah watchers and the people that have to pay corrupt union bosses to do their thinking for them thanks to the corrupt and inefficient NEA.

    March 24, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Bob

    While I tend to favor the Democratic party, Obama (as well as Clinton) has turned his back on a lot of things that he should have stood up for, mainly the everyday person. Loading his (their)administration(s) with the Wall Street gang IS NOT what our country needs, we need balance and we're so far from that it isn't funny. The whole financial/banking sector has completely taken over our country and they're getting filthy rich by doing so, all the while bleeding everyday people to death. They are the number one reason all the jobs have been flowing freely out of the country for decades, all so businesses can earn idiotic profit margins to please the stock market by paying foreign workers slave wages instead of US workers decent wages. Of course with the power and control they have now what lone president could be able to turn the tide or work against the status quo?

    The only saving grace for the Democratic Party is the fact that the Republican Party is so far out of whack it isn't even funny. The last people they're the least bit concerned with helping is the everyday person, they're business, business, business, and business only. Unfortunately they manage to convince so many people they care about them with their false religious or patriotic crap, of which just merely looking at their actions shows how true they are to any of those values, and they're not the least bit. For Ohio, which is considered a "blue collar" state to be so strongly backing the Republican Party doesn't say much for their mentality. Put people in office that have, and will, sell you down the river for someone's profit isn't very smart.

    March 24, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    With the way the GOP governers are going on a union-busting, anti-labor crusade it will make it tougher for them to beat Obama. Add in the possibility of the GOP candidate anyone other than Mittens, and you'd might as well paint Ohio blue for 2012

    March 24, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Let's hope not.

    The question is......are we going to get any better alternative??????

    March 24, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. jules sand-perkins

    Republicans are not well represented by their potential presidential candidates.
    This century needs a US president who lives in this century. Bubbas and Creationist Baptist
    preachers are not what our country needs from the Republican Party. Why not a Scott Brown?

    March 24, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    If Obama is beating an unamed Republican in Ohio, that spells doom for the Republicans...

    ...the only time Obama gets 45-45 in polls is if he is running against an un-named opponent, once you put a face in front of that R then people are suaually 50-35 for Obama with 5% undecided...

    ...BTW, Bush at this time in his Presidency was losing to an un-named Democrat about 50 to 40 % give or take a couple of points...so see you in 2016 Repubs, if you even have a party by then...

    March 24, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Name king

    The simple fact is Americans really need to take a class on basic economy, which say the more demand brings in supply, as what the president is doing, but if they keep getting suckered into the repugs ideologies, that cutting demand power getting less demand money, will miraculously bring in more supply in tern hiring more people. What kind of voodoo economics is that? The repugs are fighting a war against the middle class workers that is unprecident. The middle lass are the part of the economy that buys it's high end items, such as houses, transportations, high priced electrical systems, etc, Further more which corporation will invest money into a market where there is no demand, Thats why they are still keeping their trillions on the sidelines even though they promised to invest it if the president gave them tax breaks, so they could get more clarity. We can't depend on the poor working class, because they simply cant afford these items, and the rich are too few in numbers. If you start cutting these middle class folks money, you'll see the housing markets disintegrate, along with their industries, that means more layoff and unemployment the government have to worry about.

    March 24, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. NVa Native

    Ohio? Really?
    We are thirteen months away from the election – who cares what people in Ohio are thinking.

    March 24, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Obama is Awesome !

    Yes , Obama will be re-elected , the current group of republican's that they have in the pipeline don't have a chance ! We have gotten a glimpse of what the republican's have to offer after the 2010 election's and it is complete and utter chaos ! President Obama has kept us from falling off a cliff after Bush left us teetering on the edge ! The President has also proven that he is willing to protect our interest's ! Obama 2012 !

    March 24, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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