By MARC KOVAC
Republican Rob Portman opened a 20-point lead on Democrat Lee Fisher in the race for one of Ohio’s U.S. Senate seats, a poll finds.
Of the likely voters surveyed by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute over the past week, 55 percent favored the former congressman, versus 35 percent who favor Fisher.
Another 58 percent said they would support the candidate who opposes President Barack Obama’s policies.
“It’s difficult to find any good news for Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in these numbers,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the institute, said in a released statement. “Likely voters in Ohio, as is the case nationally, are angry at the status quo and with Democrats controlling Congress and the White House. Fisher is taking it on the chin from those who are trying to send a message to the White House. A Democrat who is losing among women likely to vote by 8 points is a candidate in trouble.”
Connecticut-based Quinnipiac regularly gauges Ohioans’ opinions of candidates and issues. From Sept. 9 to 14, it surveyed 730 likely voters in the state.
Among the results, 60 percent of those polled disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president.
And 49 percent said they want Republicans rather than Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate, compared to 31 percent who said the opposite.
“Among the likely Ohio electorate for this November, President Barack Obama is not a popular fellow,” Brown said. “Independent likely voters disapprove 65–31 percent of the job he is doing. With the president such a heavy weight around the neck of Democratic candidates, it will be hard for one to win such a high-profile office this year in Ohio.”