President Obama’s approval numbers have slipped badly in a key battleground state, suggesting his honeymoon with the American people may be ending.
When voters in Ohio were asked whether they approved of the president’s performance, 49 percent said yes, 44 percent said no, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. That was the lowest rating Mr. Obama has received in any national or statewide poll Quinnipiac has conducted since his inauguration. It represents a drop of 13 percentage points in the president's approval rating since May.
Holding Obama responsible
“These numbers indicate that for the first time voters have decided that President Barack Obama bears some responsibility for their problems,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement. Ohio’s economy has been hard-hit by the recession. In May, the Buckeye State had an unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.
When asked about the president’s handling of the economy, Ohio voters, by a 48 to 46 percent margin, give him a failing grade. That means Obama is now out of favor with some of those who voted for him in the key swing state in November, “and should be an indication to the White House that his honeymoon with voters may be ending,” Mr. Brown said.