Obama Approval Hits All-Time Low in Ohio

Obama Approval Hits All-Time Low in Ohio

By Tom Bevan - November 27, 2013

The botched rollout of Barack Obama's signature health care law continues to take a political toll on the president. The latest evidence is a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning showing the president's approval rating hitting a record low of 34 percent in Ohio. Obama's disapproval rating has jumped to an all-time high of 61 percent. This represents a significant decline from Quinnipiac's last poll in Ohio on June 26, when Obama recorded a 40 percent approval rating and a 57 percent disapproval rating.

The president's personal credibility has also taken a serious hit, thanks to his broken pledge that Americans would be able to keep their health care plans.  Only 39 percent of Ohioans now believe the president is "honest and trustworthy," a new low, while 57 percent believe he is not "honest and trustworthy," a new high.

The law itself has also suffered in the eyes of the public.  Only 35 percent of Ohioans currently support Obamacare, while 59 percent are opposed.  

And the bumpy rollout of Obamacare appears to have shaken the public's faith in the government's ability to manage and deliver health care services. Only 16 percent of those surveyed expressed the belief that the quality of health care they would receive one year from now would be better because of Obamacare.  Nearly three times that many people (45 percent) said the quality of health care would be worse a year from now.  Thirty-five percent said the law would make no difference in health care quality. 

The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted from Nov. 19-24 among 1,361 registered voters in Ohio with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Tom Bevan is the co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics and the co-author of Election 2012: A Time for Choosing. Email:, Twitter: @TomBevanRCP

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