Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Obama, GOP candidates all unpopular

Ohio's a pretty good microcosm for an unhappy nation right now.

Barack Obama's approval rating in the state right now is 44%, with 52% of voters disapproving of him. His numbers with independents are horrid at 34/59. And there's a whole lot more Democrats (16%) who disapprove of him than there are Republicans (just 4%) who like him.

So with those numbers Obama must be doomed in one of the country's most important swing states, right? Wrong. Obama leads the entire Republican field in Ohio.

How can that be? Well Obama's pretty unpopular. But consider these favorability numbers for the Republican alternatives: Mitt Romney, 30% favorable/49% unfavorable, Rick Perry, 28% favorable/37% unfavorable, Michele Bachmann, 30% favorable/49% unfavorable, Sarah Palin, 34% favorable/59% unfavorable, and Herman Cain, 22% favorable/35% unfavorable.

Obama's net approval is a -8 spread. Every Republican's net favorability is even worse than that. Ohio voters don't like Obama. They like the GOP Presidential field even less. So at least for now Obama's up 2 points on Romney at 45-43, 4 points on Perry at 45-41, 7 points on Bachmann at 48-41, 8 points on Cain at 47-39, and 13 points on Palin at 51-38.

In all of these match ups there are a lot more undecided Republicans than Democrats so at least the Romney and Perry match ups with Obama are sheer toss ups. But it's still kind of amazing the President's holding up as well as he is with these approval numbers.

Like Obama, all of the Republican candidates get negative assessments from independents. And also like Obama they're all more unpopular across party lines than they are well liked within their own parties. Voters in Ohio aren't real impressed with any politicians right now and it shows in these numbers. Bottom line- Ohio looks like it will have the same closely contested Presidential contest next year that it's had regularly over the last few election cycles.

Full results here


Naman said...

It'll be close, as the Ohio battleground always is, but Obama will win. The last thing this country needs is Republicans in power.

As the economy continues to improve, Obama's numbers will only trek upwards.

I doubt any of the midwestern states which went for Obama in 2008 will flip red this time, save for Indiana perhaps. (Too bad you guys can't poll there.)

wt said...

D+10 electorate and a tie race or better for the GOP candidate once the undecideds are allocated. This is not a good poll for Obama.

I think the write-up of the poll is spinning so hard it falls down.

Denis said...

How does Pres. Obama do against Ron Paul in Ohio? I didn't see that reported in your text.

Anonymous said...

Why did you leave Ron Paul out of this poll?

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me.

Any approval/disapproval poll where the numbers add up to less than 80% signify 1 of 2 things.

A) Low name id
B) Large number of undecideds due to people not paying attention yet.
Therefore they aren't useful yet.

Then look at previous cycles and compare incumbent POTUS vs. X polling this early in the game and you will realize that Obama is in a much worse position relative to previous presidents.

Anonymous said...

These candidates are all unpopular because Ohio has the best candidate for president as their govenor - John Kasich

Anonymous said...

how can a poll by a company identifying itself as "democratic" do an unbiased survey? this article is misleading in it's pretense of fairness. numbers don't always reflect honesty....

MayorAndy said...

So? We are left to choose the best of the worst. Is that it?

Dustin Ingalls said...

"These candidates are all unpopular because Ohio has the best candidate for president as their govenor - John Kasich"

Kasich is massively unpopular, and would certainly lose handily to Obama.

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