Ohio poll: Obama edging up but still under 50%
March 2nd, 2012
11:18 AM ET
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Ohio poll: Obama edging up but still under 50%

(CNN) - President's Barack Obama's approval rating is edging up in a crucial battleground state, according to a new poll.

The University of Cincinnati's latest Ohio Poll, released Friday, indicates that 47% of Ohio residents approve of the job the president's doing, with 49% saying they disapprove of how Obama's handling his duties.

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The president's approval rating in Ohio stood at 43%, with 50% disapproving last July, according to the survey.

It's the same divide among the smaller pool of just registered voters in the Buckeye State, with 48% approving and 49% giving Obama a thumbs down.

According to the survey, just 43% approve of the job Obama's doing on the economy, with 49% giving him a thumbs up on how he's handling foreign affairs.

Ohio's 18 electoral votes are expected to be pivotal to the 2012 presidential election. President George W. Bush sealed his 2004 re-election by narrowly winning the state over the Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry. In 2008 then-Sen. Obama took the state by 5 points over Sen. John McCain. But the GOP won big in the state in the 2010 midterm elections, taking back the governor's office and five House seats held by Democrats.

The University of Cincinnati's Ohio Poll was conducted between February 16 and February 26, with 1,514 Ohio adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. R

    @ Howard
    "... don't give this liar and thief another term, or we're all doomed !!!" Sadly Howard, until this country gets serious about a third political party to choose from, it doesn't matter if we have a Democrat or Republican in the White House. Nothing will change.

    @ Len
    "But I am sure you go to church on Sunday and wipe ypur slate clean for the next week...." Why do you care if Howard goest to church on Sunday or not? Furthermore, what does that have to do with this article?

    @ Everybody else
    It's a poll – polls go up and down – move on...

    March 2, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Fair, Juan Williams was hired as an analyst by NPR, which he did quite well. His job as a commentator at FOX brought him into conflict with, since NPR felt commentary would reflect badly on their professed role as trying to be neutral. Before you start, PBS and NPR gave lots of conservatives their start: remember " Firing Line" and "the McGlauglin Group", to name a few. Williams violated their polices and was terminated, end of story.

    March 2, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    With or without Ohio – President Obama will win. As my later father used to say "intelligence will NEVER bow to ignorance".

    March 2, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Correction: I meant "as my late father used to say".

    March 2, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Phattee

    Just a general question about these Approval Rating polls: does the number of "disapproves" also include far left types who think Obama is not being liberal enough and who would never vote for a Republican?

    March 2, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Claudia, Phoenix, AZ - I was borned and raised in the great Buckeye State and we are hard working honest people who remember the days of GWB and the soup lines
    SOUP LINES??!! Sweetie, you're think of Franklin Roosevelt, the original leftist Democrat. Nobody stands in soup lines anymore honey, they just cll on the phone and the government issues them a credit card to buy whatever they want. Becoming a government dependent is highly streamlined and efficient, unlike everything else they do.

    March 2, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. JT

    Ohio don't be silly.........you know what happen to the state about the UNIONS. Think before you step into the booth. For those who thinks the Prsident is a empty suit, explain way....bet you can't. You need to start being a leader not a follower and put your own thinkers cap on.............Tell me what have to GOP done for you lately???????

    March 2, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Boomer

    I have faith that Ohio will see Obama as the only responsible choice. Any other choice will harm us, possibly beyond repair.

    March 2, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. DAK

    The only GOP contender running this cycle I would ever vote for is Ron Paul. Mitt, Rick and Newt are all too far over the right-wing fascist line for me. This election cycle reminds me of Pre-WWII Germany with the only difference being we will elect our own war-monger, kill everyone that disagrees with the Government, pro-invasion of our lives if anyone OTHER than Ron Paul or Obama gets the Whitehouse. Don't think the GOP has radical plans? Look at 2010... Jobs Jobs Jobs was all we heard and yet, the first thing the GOP did in EVERY state where they controlled the Senate, House and Governor's Mansion was all about abortion, anti-gay, anti-workers, anti everything.... Nothing about jobs and everything about social issues. If the GOP get the Whitehouse in 2012, by 2014 we won't recognize this country unless we remember Nazi Germany around 1943-44. No rights other than the ones the State "gives" you and only then only if you're wealthy or have friends in high places.

    March 2, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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