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Brown, Obama Lead Generic Republicans in Ohio

Brown, Obama Lead Generic Republicans in Ohio

By Sean Trende - January 20, 2011

The latest Quinnipiac Poll shows President Barack Obama and first-term Senator Sherrod Brown in decent shape for re-election in the swing state of Ohio. The poll shows that 45 percent of registered voters polled think that Senator Brown deserves to be re-elected, while 30 percent say he does not. Brown leads a generic Republican candidate 45 percent to 33 percent. President Obama leads a generic Republican 48 percent to 44 percent.

The president's job approval is at 49-46, which represents a slight bump since Quinnipiac's last poll of registered voters in June of 2010 (when he measured 45-49). Senator Brown's approval rating is essentially unchanged at 45 percent (it was 46 percent in June).

It is worth noting that the poll was taken from January 12 through January 17, during the height of coverage of the Tucson shooting and the president's speech. This may have resulted in an elevated approval rating for the president. It remains to be seen whether his bounce will be sustained.

Sean Trende is senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics. He is a co-author of the 2014 Almanac of American Politics and author of The Lost Majority. He can be reached at strende@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeanTrende.

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