Any one who looked at Obama’s record from 2009 – 2102 and said “That was great, I’d like some more” deserves what they get. Too bad the smarter voters will suffer too. It is obvious that Ohio was bought off back in 2009 with the auto bailout. I’d bet you that if we could have a “mulligan” on November 2012, Obama would still win Ohio and probably the country as well. After all he is still Black and the Republicans still have the idiot “consulting class”.
by Stephen Koff
WASHINGTON — Ohioans have soured on President Barack Obama less than a year after re-electing him to the White House, giving him their lowest voter-approval rating ever, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this morning.
That swing includes independents and women.
“President Obama’s fortunes in the Buckeye state have turned,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Since last December he has lost 10 points among Democrats and 17 points among independent voters. He has gone from a 20-point approval margin among women to a 9-point disapproval margin among female voters.”
Ohio voters are still sizing up the potential field for 2016 but the presumptive Democratic front-runner today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, would be in a deadlock with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a popular Republican, if the election were held today.
The election is a long way off, however, and opinions could swing widely before then. Coming up far sooner: a decision by Ohio’s legislature on whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for insuring low-income Americans. The issue is contentious in the Statehouse, with Republicans distrustful that the federal government will maintain a high level of funding. [........]
On gun control, a share of voters said that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s decision to vote against expanding gun-buyer background checks made them think less favorably of Portman. And Ohioans said by an overwhelming majority that they want to expand background checks for people buying at gun shows and on the Internet.
But there is a so-what factor to that, considering that the Republican senator’s overall job-approval rating went up by 4 percentage points since the last Quinnipiac poll, taken in April, before the gun vote.
Portman’s approval rating is close to that of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat who has served statewide longer. But Portman’s disapproval rating is substantially lower than Brown’s, although a large share of Ohio voters — 30 percent — say they still don’t know enough about Portman, elected in 2010, to form an opinion.
President Obama’s job performance: 57 percent disapprove, 40 percent approve. Broken down by subgroups, Democrats still love him (82 percent) and Republicans still loathe him (91 percent). But independents dislike him (64 percent to 34 percent), and his approval rating by women is only 44 percent.
Fifty-two percent of those polled said they did not think Obama was trustworthy and honest, compared with 44 percent who said he was. That represents a huge drop since Quinnipiac asked that question in November, 2011, when 57 percent said the president was trustworthy.
Clinton vs. Christie: If the next election for president were today and Hillary Clinton was running against Chris Christie, each would get 42 percent of the vote in Ohio. Women favor Clinton, men favor Christie, although the “someone else” and “don’t know” columns are large enough to make up those differences.
In a different match up, Clinton would beat Rand Paul, a U.S. senator from Kentucky, by only three points, 47-44.
But what about Joe Biden?
If the current vice president ran for president against Christie and the election were today, Christie would win, 50-32.
As interesting as this is, it helps to consider that significant shares of Ohioans don’t know much about the potential GOP candidates, Thirty-four percent said they had not heard enough about Christie to form a favorable or unfavorable opinion, and 31 percent said that of Paul.
Sen. Sherrod Brown’s job approval: 46 percent approve, 38 percent disapprove and 16 percent don’t know.
Sen. Rob Portman’s job approval: 44 percent approve, 26 percent disapprove and 30 percent don’t know.
Expanding Medicaid in Ohio: 46 percent say it’s a good idea, 47 percent say it’s a bad idea, and 7 percent don’t know. Opponents of Medicaid expansion have been persuasive when reaching voters; in a Quinnipiac poll released in mid-April, Ohioans favored Medicaid expansion, as they did in a poll released March 1.
The question also changes along income lines. Fifty-seven percent of Ohio voters making less than $50,000 a year say Medicaid should be expanded. But among Ohioans earning $50,000 to $100,000, expansion’s popularity falls to 37 percent, though it goes up to 40 percent — so the majority are still against it — for those earning more than $100,000.
Gun background checks: Sixty-one percent of Ohio voters said they strongly support the idea of expanding background checks so they cover all purchases made at gun shows and on the Internet. Another 17 percent say they “somewhat support” the proposed requirement, which the U.S. Senate rejected. The numbers held up across all age and income ranges.
Asked if Portman’s “no” vote makes them think less favorably of him, 45 percent said yes, while 38 percent said his vote made no difference in how they viewed him.
Fifteen percent said Portman’s vote made them like him more.
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