As Goes Ohio?

It is only one state, but Ohio is often a bellwether state in presidential elections and public opinion. A recent poll encapsulates what we are seeing in national polls as the Obama presidency comes into focus:

President Obama’s job approval in Ohio has dropped significantly in the last two months, dipping under the 50% mark for the first time, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University. In the last Quinnipiac poll in Ohio taken in early May, Obama enjoyed a healthy 62% job approval rating, with only 31% disapproving. Today, Obama’s job approval stands at 49%, with 44% disapproving – a twenty-five point net drop in just eight weeks. Not surprisingly, Obama has seen a corresponding drop among voters’ approval of his handling of the economy: two months ago he had a net +21 approval (57/36), today it is -2 (46/48).

In the 2010 senate race, Rob Portman is now just a smidgen behind each of the Democratic challengers “though their leads have nearly evaporated over the last eight weeks.”

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