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

    Liberals on the coasts will always vote for a Democrat and there's nothing that's going to change that. Obama did lose most of the independent vote that he carried in 2008 and it goes without saying that ramming Obamacare down the throats of citizens who by a majority in every poll didn't want it will come back to haunt him. Besides lets face the facts that the economy and high unemployment are going to hurt him. Americans don't want his liberal agenda, they want jobs. They want the economy to bounce back and they know that all the unbridled spending hasn't accomplished what Obama promised.

    March 24, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Renny

    Seems like they are going by the old "devil you know" principle.

    March 24, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Not All Docs Play Golf

    I am so proud to have President Obama representing our country, and our demeanor, to the world. He is such an intelligent, thoughful leader, such a refreshing change from the constant negativism and small-mindedness of those who crticize every thing he says and does. Great father, great husband, great role model, great leader of a diverse, inhomogeneous nation. We are so fortunate to have him. He has my full support.

    March 24, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. mike

    the voters in ohio are smart to say the lease look at what the republican party has become its about being a bible thumping uneducated redneck racist to get elected in there party look what trump is doing to be even be considered for the primary this is a global world that we are in and to have an ignorant president is the worse thing that we can do as a country you can see this in the local level and how we are dividing people for economic reasons and not uniting people for positive solutions like jobs but playing this wait and see game by giving less taxes to businesses in the hope for lobs like we need more fast food chains that pay crap wages

    March 24, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |

    Let's hope not

    March 24, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Name Creole

    these American's would not no of a good thing if it SLAP them in the face. Try and go live in another country and them come back and take a polling and see if Obama won't get 100%. You all are so SAD!!!!!!!! LAZY UNHAPPY PEOPLE.............God help you all

    March 24, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    As a native of Ohio, these people are smart, they remember how George W. Bush put them in the soup line, they lost their pensions and haven't recovered todate and now the Republicans want to kill the middle class by taking away their collective bargaining rights. The people of Ohio have more than paid their share of taxes to the rich and won't let these Republicans continue to destroy their families.

    March 24, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Thank God for those republic governors in Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, Pennsylvania and Michigan . . .

    for their help in electing a party that supports the middle class . . . The Democratic Party

    March 24, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "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."

    And this is exactly why Obama will lose in 2012 – he's got his hardcore base, but lost the independents.

    March 24, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Palin Power

    Palin will win Ohio and sweep the electoral college in 2012. She will easily win Ohio again in 2016 and get re-elected. We will have 8 years of our greatest President Sarah Palin.

    March 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    America will re-elect President Barack Hussein Obama to a second term, not out of fear and lies but out of the undeniable knowledge that in the midst of the disrespect, The Birthers, the racism, the unwarranted microscopic supervision of his EVERY move, The Tea Party etc, no one has proved to be willing to work as hard for this country as he has; no one brought it back from the brink of a Depression but him; no one has fought Big Business for the sake of our middle-class but him; and no one was willing to sacrifice his re-election for the sake of healthcare for 40 million faceless Americans but him.
    There is only ONE CHOICE in 2012: OBAMA.

    March 24, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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