By Marc Kovac
Ohioans aren’t very fond at the moment of President Barack Obama or his signature health care law, giving both low ratings in a survey released Wednesday by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Among 1,361 registered voters questioned over the past week, only 34 percent approved of the president’s work in office, with 61 percent saying the opposite.
Fifty-seven percent of Ohioans said Obama was “not honest and trustworthy.”
And 59 percent said they opposed the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, with 45 percent saying they expected their health care to be worse a year from now.
“President Barack Obama’s popularity is at a record low in Ohio and the first time his approval rating has fallen below 40 percent in the state,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the polling institute, said in a released statement. “This is a state considered to be a national bellwether where he got 51 percent of the vote just 12 months ago.”
Quinnipiac regularly gauges Ohioans’ views on candidates and issues. Its latest poll has a margin of error of about 3 percentage points.
Among Quinnipiac’s other findings, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is outpacing half a dozen potential Republican candidates in the 2016 presidential election, including Gov. John Kasich, by 8 or more percentage points.
But she was neck-and-neck (42 percent-41 percent) among Ohioans when pitted against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are the 2016 leaders to Ohio voters, locked in a statistical tie,” Brown said. “Ms. Clinton easily defeats a bevy of other potential GOP aspirants.
Interestingly, when voters are asked whether she would make a good president, more say yes than say they would vote for her. Conversely, Vice President Joseph Biden is not presidential material in the eyes of Ohioans. Only 28 percent think he would be a good president.”