COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- President Barack Obama’s job approval rating among Ohio voters has hit an all-time low, according to a poll from Quinnipiac University. Only 34 percent of Ohioans give Obama a thumbs up, while 61 percent think he's doing a bad job. Not only is that the lowest score he's received in Ohio, but it's the lowest among any state that Quinnipiac tracks. Obama’s previous low in Ohio was a negative 40 – 57 percent in a June 26 survey.
Obama gets approval from only 3 percent of Republicans, 30 percent of independents, and 69 percent of Democrats.
“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,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute. “This is a state considered to be a national bellwether where he got 51 percent of the vote, just 12 months ago."
Brown says the Affordable Care Act, known as 'ObamaCare,' is one of the biggest factors. 59 percent of Ohioans oppose the health care reform law. 45 percent expect their own health care to be worse a year from now.
“If voters still feel that way about their own situation come November 2014, that is likely to create a political playing field beneficial for Republicans,” Brown added. “Voters still blame the Republicans more for the government shutdown, but that issue’s salience is being dwarfed by the opposition to ‘Obamacare.’”
In an early look at the 2016 run for the White House, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets 42 percent to 41 percent for New Jersey Republican Gov. Christopher Christie in Ohio. Clinton tops Gov. John Kasich 49 – 38 percent. Her widest lead is over Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 50 - 35 percent with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush not performing much better at 50 - 37 percent. She also has a sizable lead over Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 48 - 39 percent, a ten point lead on Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 50 - 40 percent, and leads Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, last year's vice presidential candidate on the GOP ticket, by a 49 - 41 margin.
54 percent of Ohioans told pollsters they believed Clinton would make a good president. Christie's 44 percent was second. No other candidate got a positive score, including Gov. John Kasich who only saw 32 percent of Ohioans say he'd make a good president.
“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."
Democrats and black voters gave more weight to experience in Washington being a quality they'd like in a president. Republicans, independents, men, and white voters disagree.
From November 19 – 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,361 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.