Donald Trump is losing popularity in Ohio, new polls show

A new poll shows Ohio voters have grown tired of President Donald Trump, who won the state by eight percentage points.

The first Ohio poll in 2018 found that 52 percent of Ohio voters disapprove of the president’s performance.

President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with members of the U.S. Coast Guard he has invited to play golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. On Friday, December 29, 2017 (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) .

But Republicans still love him, with 75 percent approving Trump, according to the poll of 801 Ohio voters that Fallon Research of Columbus called Jan. 16-19.

Most of the dissatisfaction with Trump comes from women who are not Republicans.

Among the Democrats, 84 percent disapproved of Trump. Independents don’t like Trump on a 53 percent clip.

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In the survey, 36 percent of the women surveyed agreed with him, compared with 51 percent of the men. If you’re a Republican, you probably think Trump did a great job. 81 percent say they approve of it. Republican women agreed a little less, at 68 percent.

Ohio mirrors a national trend in which Trump has lost ground in all but the most republican states, said David Niven, professor of politics at the University of Cincinnati.

“Trump’s approval ratings are historically low,” said Niven. “As the loser in the referendum, he started in a hole and dug deeper and deeper.”

A messed up governor’s race for Dems

The poll also looked at the gubernatorial race that year. The numbers show Attorney General Mike DeWine is in good shape. DeWine and his Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted would win 49 to 28 percent against Democratic leader Richard Cordray.

DeWine leads his Republican rival for the GOP nomination Mary Taylor by 54 to 14 percent.

Midterms tend to favor the party without power, this time the Democrats. A simple elementary school will help him conserve resources, said Niven.

All five Democratic candidates must first tell the public who they are. On the democratic side, the poll showed that the first choice would be “unsafe”.

Cordray is the favorite but would only get 23 percent of the vote, Dennis Kucinich second with 16 percent.

Cordray’s tenure as head of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection didn’t give him the name recognition it should have, Niven said. Cordray resigned last year, sparking an argument with Trump over who would be the new head of the office.

“Those soft numbers on the primary and general election questions suggest a good number of Ohio voters didn’t pay attention to what he was doing there,” Niven said.

The poll found that 52 percent of Democrats polled weren’t sure who they would vote for.

The other three candidates, former Judge Bill O’Neill, Senator Joe Schiavoni and former Montgomery MP Connie Pillich, were all between two and four percent.

Kasich versus Trump

Current Governor John Kasich may also not be the political responsibility some in the GOP fear, the poll said.

DeWine and his Republican challenger, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, have distanced themselves from Kasich and ran away from his support.

Hamilton County’s GOP chairman Alex Triantafilou said he wasn’t surprised Kasich had become a political commitment.

“The Republicans are ready to turn the page,” he told The Enquirer. “The state was won by Donald Trump. I think the voters made the decision.”

But Kasich still has a seal of approval in the state.

The poll found that Kasich has an approval rating of 57 percent, including 63 percent among Republicans.

However, proximity to Trump could help DeWine or Taylor in the gubernatorial race. A majority of Republicans polled, 53 percent, said they were more likely to vote for the candidate who most approves of Trump.

The survey has an error rate of 3.46 percentage points. Fallon conducted the survey for the 1984 Society, a Columbus-based Republican edition and candidate advocacy group.

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