March 18, 2009 - Obama's Approval Drops 10 Points In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Strong Support And Hope For New President

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President Barack Obama's job approval rating in Ohio is 57 - 33 percent, down from 67 - 16 percent February 6, and voters say 2 - 1 his mortgage rescue plan is unfair, but support it and say it's necessary to help solve the housing crisis, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

President Obama's biggest loss is among independent voters who drop from 72 - 12 percent approval February 6 to 55 - 29 percent today, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University poll finds. Republicans drop from a negative 31 - 42 percent to 22 - 68 percent. Also telling is the shift in evangelical Protestants, from 52 - 29 percent to a 45 - 46 percent split.

The race for the 2010 Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate remains a wide-open affair, with no candidate receiving more than 18 percent of the vote in a crowded field. In the GOP primary race, former Congressman and Bush cabinet member Rob Portman holds a 31 - 14 percent lead over State Auditor Mary Taylor with 52 percent undecided.

"During a presidential election, Ohio is the single most important state in the country because of its history of being a decisive barometer. So the 10-point drop in President Obama's support in the Buckeye State is something that the White House might want to pay attention to," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The President's 57 percent job approval rating is obviously quite good, but the trend, especially among evangelical Christians, is a sign that the honeymoon period might be winding down. The drop-off in support is coming from those one might expect - Republicans, whites and men. But of more political concern to the White House may be that Obama's approval rating among independent voters fell from 72 - 12 percent to 55 - 29 percent."

"The good news for the President is that in Ohio voters give him much better grades for handling the economy, 53 - 36 percent approval for handling the economy than they do their own Governor, Ted Strickland, negative 39 - 45 percent, even though overall both men have almost identical 57 and 56 percent approval ratings," Brown added.

The pending retirement of Sen. George Voinovich has set off a scramble for his seat in which Democrats have an early edge, but the contest for their nomination is a wide open affair.

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher runs first in a trial heat among Democrats with 18 percent, followed by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner at 14 percent, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan at 12 percent and State Rep. Tyrone Yates at 6 percent, with 46 percent undecided.

"In Columbus there may be a great deal of jockeying about the Senate race, but around the state voters have not yet begun to pay attention to the contest," said Brown. "It is clear at this point that there remains a Democratic advantage in the Ohio electorate that evidenced itself in 2006 and 2008."

In mythical trial heats, Fisher defeats Portman 41 - 33 percent and tops Taylor 41 - 31 percent. Brunner bests Taylor 38 - 31 percent and leads Portman 39 - 34 percent.

Voinovich gets a 52 - 32 percent approval rating, while Sen. Sherrod Brown has a 48 - 25 percent grade.

By a 63 - 30 percent margin Ohioans say the president's mortgage rescue plan is unfair to those who make their payments on time, but 55 percent say they approve of the plan anyway. Given a chance to explain their views, 25 percent say the plan is fair and they support it; 42 percent think it is unfair but support it as necessary and 31 percent think it is unfair and oppose it.

From March 10 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,299 Ohio voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. The survey includes 463 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points and 506 Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data and RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

2. (If registered Republican) As you may know, Ohio Senator George Voinovich will not be running for reelection in 2010. Thinking about the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator, if the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Portman and Mary Taylor, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Reps
 
Portman              31%
Taylor               14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1
DK/NA                52
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) As you may know, Ohio Senator George Voinovich will not be running for reelection in 2010. Thinking about the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator, if the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Portman and Mary Taylor, for whom would you vote? (*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list)
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009*
 
Portman              31      33%
Taylor               14      11
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       -
DK/NA                52      56
 
 
3. (If registered Democrat) Thinking about the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator, if the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher, Jennifer Brunner, Tyrone Yates and Tim Ryan, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Dems
 
Fisher               18%
Brunner              14
Yates                 6
Ryan                 12
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2
DK/NA                46
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) If the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher, Jennifer Brunner and Tim Ryan, for whom would you vote? (*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list / na=not asked)
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRAT
                     Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009*
 
Fisher               18      18
Brunner              14      16
Yates                 6      na
Ryan                 12      14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       -
DK/NA                46      53
 
 
6. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Fisher               41%     5%    76%    38%    38%    44%    30%
Portman              33     72      4     29     39     28     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      -      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      2      2      1      2      1
DK/NA                24     22     18     31     21     25     25
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Fisher               45%    43%    48%    43%    28%    38%
Portman              32     25     30     26     55     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      2      2      3      1
DK/NA                21     30     21     27     14     18
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009
 
Fisher               41      42
Portman              33      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1
DK/NA                24      29
 
 
7. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Mary Taylor the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Fisher               41%     7%    77%    34%    40%    43%    31%
Taylor               31     70      3     26     34     28     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -      0
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      2      3      2      2
DK/NA                25     21     18     37     23     27     24
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Fisher               46%    43%    43%    43%    31%    37%
Taylor               31     28     34     24     31     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      3      3      2
DK/NA                19     27     22     29     35     22
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Mary Taylor the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009
 
Fisher               41      41
Taylor               31      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1
DK/NA                25      30
 
 
8. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Brunner              39%     5%    74%    34%    37%    41%    26%
Portman              34     72      5     28     39     29     48
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      1      2      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      2      2      1      2      1
DK/NA                25     21     19     34     21     28     24
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Brunner              45%    40%    38%    46%    31%    34%
Portman              32     26     29     26     53     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      2      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      -      3      0
DK/NA                19     32     29     27     13     20
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009
 
Brunner              39      38
Portman              34      28
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1
DK/NA                25      31
 
 
9. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Mary Taylor the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Brunner              38%     4%    75%    29%    37%    39%    29%
Taylor               31     70      2     26     34     27     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      2      1      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      3      2      2      1
DK/NA                28     25     21     40     26     30     27
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Brunner              41%    39%    39%    44%    31%    35%
Taylor               35     28     36     23     22     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      2      1      3      0
DK/NA                20     30     23     28     43     24
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Mary Taylor the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009
 
Brunner              38      38
Taylor               31      26
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2
DK/NA                28      33
 
 
14. Is your opinion of -- Lee Fisher favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            32%    12%    48%    33%    33%    31%    25%
Unfavorable          13     24      2     14     17      9     15
Hvn't hrd enough     54     62     49     52     49     59     58
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      2      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            38%    34%    34%    24%    22%    28%
Unfavorable          14     15     16      9     10      6
Hvn't hrd enough     48     49     50     63     66     64
REFUSED               -      2      1      4      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Lee Fisher favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            32      33      23
Unfavorable          13      10      10
Hvn't hrd enough     54      55      66
REFUSED               1       2       1
 
 
15. Is your opinion of -- Tyrone Yates favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable             6%     4%     9%     5%     7%     6%     4%
Unfavorable           5      4      3      9      7      3      4
Hvn't hrd enough     87     91     88     85     85     89     91
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable             3%     2%     6%     4%    29%     1%
Unfavorable           3      2      3      2     21      2
Hvn't hrd enough     94     95     89     92     47     95
REFUSED               -      1      2      2      3      2
 
 
16. Is your opinion of -- Tim Ryan favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            13%     8%    17%    13%    14%    12%     9%
Unfavorable           4      4      3      5      3      4      3
Hvn't hrd enough     82     87     79     81     82     82     88
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      2      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable             7%    24%     4%     1%     7%     5%
Unfavorable           2      6      5      5      3      1
Hvn't hrd enough     91     69     89     91     89     92
REFUSED               -      1      2      2      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Tim Ryan favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009
 
Favorable            13      12
Unfavorable           4       3
Hvn't hrd enough     82      84
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
17. Is your opinion of -- Jennifer Brunner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            31%    10%    52%    27%    32%    29%    22%
Unfavorable          14     25      2     17     16     12     19
Hvn't hrd enough     55     65     46     55     51     59     59
REFUSED               1      -      -      2      1      1      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            37%    31%    27%    28%    32%    22%
Unfavorable          21     13     14     12     10     11
Hvn't hrd enough     42     56     58     57     58     66
REFUSED               -      -      1      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Jennifer Brunner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                    Mar 18   Feb 4   Dec 10
                    2009     2009    2008
 
Favorable           31       34      26%
Unfavorable         14       10      24
Hvn't hrd enough    55       55      49
REFUSED              1        1       1
 
 
18. Is your opinion of -- Rob Portman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            25%    41%    11%    26%    32%    19%    28%
Unfavorable           7      1     11      6      8      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     67     57     76     66     60     73     66
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      -      2      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            28%    17%    10%    21%    61%    22%
Unfavorable           6      5      4      6     16      4
Hvn't hrd enough     65     77     85     71     23     73
REFUSED               1      1      2      2      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Rob Portman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            25      21      12
Unfavorable           7       6       7
Hvn't hrd enough     67      72      80
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
19. Is your opinion of -- Mary Taylor favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            18%    28%     7%    19%    20%    16%    22%
Unfavorable           4      1      6      4      5      2      3
Hvn't hrd enough     78     70     87     75     74     81     74
REFUSED               1      1      -      2      1      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            24%    18%    12%    10%    15%    18%
Unfavorable           4      4      1      3      6      2
Hvn't hrd enough     72     77     86     86     78     79
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Mary Taylor favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009
 
Favorable            18      17
Unfavorable           4       5
Hvn't hrd enough     78      78
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              56%    31%    81%    54%    53%    59%    48%
Disapprove           30     54      9     30     36     25     38
DK/NA                13     15     10     16     11     15     14
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              57%    57%    56%    60%    58%    51%
Disapprove           33     28     29     26     30     36
DK/NA                11     15     15     13     12     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE........
                                                             High   Low
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10  Aug 14  Jun 4   Feb 5  Feb 1
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2009   2007
 
Approve              56      63      54      60      55      63     45
Disapprove           30      25      25      25      23      25     12
DK/NA                13      12      22      15      23      12     43
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              48%    27%    64%    51%    49%    46%    39%
Disapprove           25     45     12     22     31     20     32
DK/NA                27     29     24     27     19     33     30
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              46%    54%    54%    43%    37%    39%
Disapprove           25     25     25     26     33     20
DK/NA                29     20     21     30     31     41
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator? (*high also 51% on 08/14/08, **low also 42% on 2/1/07)
                                                             APPROVE........
                                                             High   Low
                     Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10  Aug 14  Jun 4   Feb 4   May 15
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2009*   2007**
 
Approve              48      51      48      51      44      51      42
Disapprove           25      22      26      23      23      22      21
DK/NA                27      27      26      26      33      27      36
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Voinovich is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              52%    55%    50%    53%    50%    53%    52%
Disapprove           32     31     32     33     37     28     32
DK/NA                16     14     18     15     13     18     16
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              50%    57%    50%    44%    49%    48%
Disapprove           33     30     37     41     38     27
DK/NA                17     14     13     16     14     25
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Voinovich is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE........
                                                             High   Low
                     Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10  Aug 14  Jun 4   Feb 4   Dec 13
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2009    2006
 
Approve              52      55      51      51      45      55      41
Disapprove           32      29      31      32      31      29      33
DK/NA                16      16      17      17      23      16      26
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jennifer Brunner is handling her job as Ohio's Secretary of State?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              41%    24%    61%    36%    41%    42%    32%
Disapprove           19     32      6     22     24     16     24
DK/NA                39     45     33     42     36     42     43
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              48%    41%    37%    45%    38%    39%
Disapprove           25     18     18     17     20     15
DK/NA                27     41     44     38     42     45
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jennifer Brunner is handling her job as Ohio's Secretary of State?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10  Aug 14  Jun 4
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008
 
Approve              41      44      39      38      38
Disapprove           19      16      28      12      13
DK/NA                39      41      33      50      48
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mary Taylor is handling her job as Ohio's state auditor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              35%    44%    32%    32%    39%    32%    34%
Disapprove           11      6     11     13     14      8     12
DK/NA                54     51     57     55     47     60     54
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              40%    33%    42%    29%    32%    35%
Disapprove           17      9      4     14      8     12
DK/NA                43     58     54     56     60     53
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mary Taylor is handling her job as Ohio's state auditor?
                     Mar 18  Feb 4   Aug 14  Jun 4
                     2009    2009    2008    2008
 
Approve              35      37      39      39
Disapprove           11       8      10      12
DK/NA                54      55      52      49
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              57%    22%    88%    55%    51%    61%    45%
Disapprove           33     68      5     29     38     28     46
DK/NA                11     10      7     15     11     11      9
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              63%    58%    54%    58%    57%    47%
Disapprove           27     32     30     37     35     39
DK/NA                10     11     16      5      8     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              58%    53%    59%    62%    53%    48%    56%    57%
Disapprove           27     36     32     26     38     46     32     36
DK/NA                14     11      9     12      9      6     12      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              57      67%
Disapprove           33      16
DK/NA                11      17
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              39%    20%    57%    37%    40%    38%    30%
Disapprove           45     63     28     48     47     44     51
DK/NA                16     17     15     15     13     18     19
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              42%    39%    39%    56%    36%    33%
Disapprove           44     45     48     34     47     49
DK/NA                14     16     14     10     17     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              34%    33%    46%    38%    39%    47%    35%    50%
Disapprove           51     52     38     44     47     44     48     37
DK/NA                15     16     16     18     15     10     17     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              39      44%
Disapprove           45      37
DK/NA                16      19
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              53%    20%    85%    50%    47%    59%    41%
Disapprove           36     70      6     37     41     31     47
DK/NA                11     10      9     13     12      9     12
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              59%    57%    56%    54%    49%    39%
Disapprove           33     32     36     39     38     47
DK/NA                 8     11      8      7     14     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              56%    48%    56%    58%    49%    49%    54%    53%
Disapprove           30     40     35     30     42     46     35     39
DK/NA                14     11      9     12      9      5     12      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              53      58%
Disapprove           36      21
DK/NA                11      21
 
 
30. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      1%     -
Good                  3      5      3      2      4      2      4
Not so good          29     34     29     25     30     28     30
Poor                 67     61     68     72     66     69     66
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Excellent             -      1%     -      -      -      -
Good                  4      3      2      3      5      3
Not so good          29     25     21     31     37     33
Poor                 67     70     75     65     59     64
DK/NA                 -      -      2      1      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     0%     -      -      -      -
Good                  2      4      3      4      2      4      4      2
Not so good          35     25     28     28     30     32     27     32
Poor                 63     71     67     67     69     63     68     65
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Mar 18  Feb 6   Dec 11  Feb 25
                     2009    2009    2008    2008
 
Excellent             -       -       -       1
Good                  3       2       4      13
Not so good          29      29      27      36
Poor                 67      68      68      50
DK/NA                 -       -       -       1
 
 
31. Would you describe the state of Ohio's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Excellent             -      1%     -      -      -      -      -
Good                  5      4      6      4      5      5      5
Not so good          36     41     35     32     35     36     36
Poor                 59     54     59     64     59     59     58
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  5      4      3      6     12      2
Not so good          38     32     26     47     44     36
Poor                 57     63     70     47     44     62
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
Good                  7      3      5      6      2      3      5      3
Not so good          36     30     40     33     41     38     34     40
Poor                 57     66     55     60     57     59     60     57
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of Ohio's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Mar 18  Feb 6   Dec 11  Aug 14  Jun 4   Jul 11  Mar 21
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2007    2007
 
Excellent             -       -       -       -       -       2       1
Good                  5       5       5      14      18      30      31
Not so good          36      33      36      49      42      44      46
Poor                 59      61      58      36      39      22      21
DK/NA                 -       1       1       -       1       2       2
 
 
32. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Excellent             6%     8%     5%     5%     8%     4%     4%
Good                 43     52     41     38     45     41     43
Not so good          31     26     30     36     30     31     31
Poor                 20     13     24     21     17     22     21
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Excellent             4%     5%    12%    12%     5%     6%
Good                 44     46     31     45     41     43
Not so good          31     28     37     30     33     30
Poor                 21     20     19     10     21     20
DK/NA                 -      1      1      3      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent            10%     6%     4%     3%     8%    15%     5%     9%
Good                 39     46     43     32     53     69     38     58
Not so good          24     30     34     35     30     11     33     23
Poor                 27     18     18     29      9      5     23      9
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      1      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Mar 18  Feb 6   Dec 11  Feb 25
                     2009    2009    2008    2008
 
Excellent             6       5       5       6
Good                 43      38      46      50
Not so good          31      34      32      30
Poor                 20      21      15      14
DK/NA                 1       2       2       1
 
 
33. During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Get better           29%    27%    31%    29%    32%    26%    28%
Get worse            18     20     17     17     17     19     20
Stay the same        52     52     50     52     50     53     51
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      1      3      2
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Get better           34%    26%    30%    25%    28%    28%
Get worse            12     18     17     25     19     22
Stay the same        52     53     51     49     51     50
DK/NA                 2      3      3      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Get better           42%    29%    23%    30%    29%    25%    28%    30%
Get worse            14     21     17     17     20     15     19     14
Stay the same        43     49     57     51     50     59     51     54
DK/NA                 1      2      2      2      1      1      2      2
 
TREND: During the next 12 months, do you think your own personal finances will get better, get worse, or stay about the same? (*personal financial situation)
                     Mar 18  Feb 6   Dec 11  Feb 25
                     2009    2009    2008    2008*
 
Get better           29      31      26      29
Get worse            18      16      17      12
Stay the same        52      49      52      57
DK/NA                 2       4       4       2
 
 
34. By the end of Barack Obama's term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Better               60%    34%    83%    62%    56%    64%    48%
Worse                18     35      3     18     22     15     25
Same                 19     28     12     18     20     19     25
DK/NA                 2      3      1      2      2      3      3
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Better               67%    60%    66%    56%    57%    54%
Worse                16     18     21     21     17     19
Same                 16     19     11     21     23     24
DK/NA                 2      3      1      3      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Better               66%    57%    60%    62%    61%    59%    59%    65%
Worse                19     21     16     14     22     22     18     17
Same                 15     20     20     21     16     18     20     16
DK/NA                 -      2      3      3      1      1      2      2
 
TREND: By the end of Barack Obama's term in office, do you expect the economy to be better than it is today, worse than it is today, or about the same?
                     Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2009    2009
 
Better               60      66%
Worse                18      11
Same                 19      19
DK/NA                 2       5
 
 
35. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's 75 billion dollar plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              55%    27%    82%    51%    50%    60%    46%
Disapprove           37     66     11     39     45     30     45
DK/NA                 8      6      7      9      5     10     10
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              58%    57%    58%    57%    51%    48%
Disapprove           32     36     38     36     41     44
DK/NA                10      7      4      7      8      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              66%    48%    56%    63%    49%    44%    56%    53%
Disapprove           30     46     34     29     46     51     36     41
DK/NA                 3      6     10      8      6      5      8      6
 
 
36. Some people say that President Obama's plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure isn't fair to mortgage holders who make payments on time. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Agree                63%    83%    45%    67%    67%    60%    69%
Disagree             30     12     46     27     29     31     23
DK/NA                 7      5      8      6      4      9      8
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Agree                63%    61%    67%    63%    66%    66%
Disagree             30     30     29     33     29     28
DK/NA                 7      9      4      4      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Agree                67%    67%    59%    58%    72%    69%    64%    62%
Disagree             26     27     33     33     24     27     29     31
DK/NA                 7      6      8      9      3      4      7      7
 
 
37. Some people say that President Obama's plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure will help stabilize home prices for all homeowners in a neighborhood. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Agree                51%    28%    76%    48%    48%    55%    39%
Disagree             41     65     17     44     47     35     53
DK/NA                 8      7      7      9      5     10      8
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Agree                52%    51%    52%    60%    54%    47%
Disagree             42     39     39     34     42     46
DK/NA                 6     10      9      6      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Agree                58%    48%    51%    52%    52%    52%    51%    54%
Disagree             37     46     39     38     45     45     41     39
DK/NA                 5      6     11     10      3      3      8      7
 
 
38. Which comes closest to your opinion about President Obama's plan to help homeowners avoid foreclosure - President Obama's plan is fair and I support it, President Obama's plan isn't fair but I still support it because it is necessary or President Obama's plan isn't fair and I don't support it?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Fair/Support         25%     6%    43%    20%    20%    28%    17%
Not fair/Necessary   42     30     48     48     41     43     40
Not fair/Don't sup   31     60      6     30     37     26     40
DK/NA                 2      3      2      2      2      3      3
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Fair/Support         24%    24%    25%    29%    25%    23%
Not fair/Necessary   46     42     41     42     45     36
Not fair/Don't sup   26     31     33     28     30     38
DK/NA                 3      3      1      -      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Fair/Support         30%    20%    26%    31%    18%    16%    26%    21%
Not fair/Necessary   43     42     43     41     47     43     42     44
Not fair/Don't sup   27     36     28     25     35     39     31     31
DK/NA                 1      2      3      2      1      2      2      4