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Poll: Ohioans still like President Obama

By Marc Kovac

Friday, March 25, 2011

By Marc Kovac


Despite misgivings about his policies, Ohioans still like Democratic President Barack Obama, according to a new poll.

Ohioans also prefer the president over Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Ohioans questioned by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Connecticut also preferred the president’s policies over those of Ohio’s chief executive.

“There is little change in President Barack 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,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the polling institute, said in a released statement Thursday. “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.”

He added, “It is also clear that despite misgivings about his policies, President Obama remains personally popular with Ohioans.”

Quinnipiac regularly gauges Ohioans’ opinions of politicians and issues.

Over the past week, it asked 1,384 registered voters about their views of Obama, Kasich and Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. The results have a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.

According to the poll:

Forty-three percent said they like Obama personally and his policies. Thirty percent said they like him but not his policies, and 21 percent said they don’t like him or his policies. A total of 73 percent said they like him personally.

That compares with 26 percent who like Kasich and his policies, 17 percent who like him but not his policies and 34 percent who do not like the governor or his policies. A total of 43 percent like Kasich personally.

Voters almost were equally split on whether Obama deserves a second term, with 45 percent saying he does and 46 percent saying he doesn’t. Respondents sided with Obama over an unnamed Republican challenger, 41 percent to 34 percent.

Forty-five percent of voters said Sen. Sherrod Brown deserves another term, and 30 percent said he does not. The senator also topped an unnamed Republican challenger, 45 percent to 29 percent.