Job Approval Vs. Disapproval:
- President Barack Obama – 46% Vs. 49%
Favorable Vs. Unfavorable:
- Mitt Romney – 32% Vs. 43%
- Newt Gingrich – 22% Vs. 59%
- Sarah Palin – 34% Vs. 58%
General Election Head to Head:
- Obama – 46% Vs. Romney – 42%
- Obama – 50% Vs. Palin – 40%
- Obama – 49% Vs. Gingrich – 40%
The margin of error in this poll is 4.1%.
Mitt Romney is far and above the best polling GOP candidate in Ohio and is withn the margin of error in this key battleground state.
President Obama is still in decent shape to take Ohio’s newly thinned slate of electors next year, if a little weaker than when PPP last polled the crucial swing state in mid-March. Then, he led his closest competitor, Mitt Romney, 46-40. Romney has closed the gap a little, to 46-42, as have Newt Gingrich (from 50-38 to 49-40) and even Sarah Palin (from 52-36 to 50-40). In a hypothetical matchup with Sen. Rob Portman, Obama would prevail, 48-38.
There is good news for the president, though, in that even his close lead over Romney is essentially the same as his five-point victory over John McCain in 2008. That result comes even in an electorate that reports having voted for him by only one point over McCain—indicating that turnout from Obama’s base is still lagging, as it did last fall, when Portman won election by a whopping 18 points.
Mitt Romney has a chance against the President in Ohio but he will have to step up his game or hopes the economy tanks in order to beat him.