(CNN) – Ohio voters have soured on President Barack Obama, according to a new survey, but are still upbeat about Hillary Clinton, his possible Democratic successor.
Thirty-six percent of Ohio voters approve of the way Obama is handing his job as president, according to the Quinnipiac University poll, a number that is only three percentage points above the President's Buckeye State low point of 34% in November 2013. Fifty-nine percent of Ohio voters disapprove of how the President's handling his duties.
The fall of Obama's Ohio approval rating is striking given the President defeated Mitt Romney in 2012 by garnering 51% of the vote in the crucial presidential battleground state.
But Ohio's disapproval of Obama doesn't appear to be dragging down Hillary Clinton, who the poll shows is outpacing a stable of potential Republican 2016 opponents.
In hypothetical general election matchups, Clinton tops Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky by four points, Ohio Gov. John Kasich by seven points, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 11 points and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by nine points, according to the poll.
A majority of Ohio voters (52%) also have a favorable opinion of Clinton, a number higher than any possible Republican presidential hopefuls. Although 43% of Ohio voters have a negative opinion of the former secretary of state, that number has remained steady for much of the last year.
"The bad news for Democrats is that President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Ohio is close to his all-time, all-state low," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the poll. "The good news for the party is that the president doesn’t appear to be hurting the Democrats’ consensus front-runner for 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."
Digging into the numbers, Clinton out shines Obama in a number of key voting groups, too.
More Ohio women disapprove (52%) of Obama than those who approve (42%) of him. Clinton, by comparison, enjoys a nearly 30 point gap with 61% of Ohio women having a favorable opinion of the former secretary of state.
With independents, Clinton is also outpacing Obama. Forty-nine percent of Ohio independents have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 30% who approve of Obama.
A majority of Ohio men and Republicans have a negative view of both Obama and Clinton.
"Secretary Clinton… is almost everyone's favorite candidate," said Brown. "She squeaks past U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and easily defeats each of the other Republicans she is matched against and has a solidly positive favorability rating. Obviously there is a long way to go until 2016, but at this point the political problems the president is encountering are not rubbing off on her."
The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted July 24-28, with 1,366 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.