Poll: President Obama approval rating at all-time low in Ohio
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - President Barack Obama's approval rating is at its lowest level ever in Ohio, according to a poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday.
Forty percent of those polled approve the job he's doing, while 57% disapprove.
Nine out of every ten who disapprove are Republicans, while 14% of democrats disapprove.
The poll also finds independent voters moving away from the president.
Obama won the state of Ohio in elections in 2008 and 2012. He also took Hamilton County both times. But, some new numbers from Quinnipiac University show his approval rate is slipping.
"I feel like he's doing the best he can. If it was somebody else, it's not like they can do any better. They have to still go through the same steps he's doing. So, at least he's trying," said Alexandria Knox, who lives in Columbus.
But is he trying enough?
His approval rating sits at 40% in Ohio. That's just one point shy of his all-time low in the Quinnipiac poll, which was 39% in Florida in September 2011.
Here in Ohio, a scandal connected to Cincinnati could be a reason why.
"I think it's probably the IRS issue in our state in particular that's caused that," said Gene Beaupre of Xavier University.
The study also shows Obama's approval ratings on a decline since December 2012.
- Dec. 11, 2012: 54% approved
- Mar. 1, 2013: 48% approved
- Apr. 19, 2013: 45% approved
- Jun. 26, 2013: 40% approved
Republican leaders say Obama's leadership is now in question.
"It's just been a very tough time with the scandals that are coming out. I think people are finally seeing a lack of leadership out of this president, and not having a great handle on what's happening in his own administration," said Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party.
But for Obama's party supporters, they're confident he'll rebound.
"In every administration, you have some ups and downs. Certainly in the last few weeks the Obama administration has had some tough things to deal with," said Caleb Faux, executive director of the Hamilton County Democratic Party.
Still a few years away from another presidential election, Beaupre says some politicians might use this as a reason to think twice.
"Obama is the leader of the Democratic party, and this certainly hurts him in a key state, you have to wonder if some political people aren't taking one step to the side on this issue," added Beaupre.
In that same poll, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are tied if the 2016 presidential were held today.
To see the entire Quinnipiac University poll, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/ohio/release-detail?ReleaseID=1914
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