Survey: Trump approval at 43 percent

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A poll released this week finds President Donald Trump’s approval underwater in Ohio.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,082 voters from June 7-12, including both landlines and cell phones, and found 43 percent approved of the job the president is doing, while 54 percent disapproved.

The president carried Ohio’s electoral votes in the 2016 election, winning the state 52-44 percent over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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The survey found that Trump’s approval varied wildly by party, with 91 percent of the state’s Republicans approving, while 7 percent disapproved. Among Democrats, five percent approved, while 94 percent disapproved.

Among independent voters, Trump has a 37 percent approval rating, with 57 percent disapproving.


Governor’s approval

Quinnipiac also measured the approval Gov. John Kasich, who leaves office in January.

Kasich has a 52 percent approval overall, with 36 percent of voters disapproving.

However, Kasich’s approval by party was unusual, in that his own party held a less favorable view of him than the opposition.

Among Republicans, Kasich has a 46 percent approval, with 44 percent disapproving.

Democrats gave the Republican governor 57 percent approval and 33 percent disapproval.

Kasich, who lost the 2016 Republican nomination to Trump, carried Ohio in the primaries. Following Trump’s nomination, the governor refused to endorse him in the general election and has remained a critic of the president since his election.

Kasich has also considered the possibility of challenging Trump in the 2020 presidential race.

Quinnipiac found that a majority of Ohio voters do not want Kasich to run for president, with 51 percent opposed to the idea and 46 percent supportive.

Kasich finds more support among Democrats, with 52 percent saying they would like to see him run in his party’s primary in 2020, compared to only 21 percent of Republicans.


Top issues

Quinnipiac asked voters about the top issues affecting their vote in November.

Among all voters, 32 percent said the economy, 28 percent said health care, 15 percent said immigration and 12 percent said gun policy. The top two issues were the same for both parties’ voters.


The Trump impact

The survey also measured Trump as a factor in the Senate race, where Democrat Sherrod Brown is seeking a third term.

Among all voters, 39 percent said Trump would not be an important factor in making their decision, while 28 percent said their vote would be cast to oppose  Trump and 30 percent it would be cast to support him.

Brown was leading his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, 51-34, in the Quinnipiac survey.

The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points