Ohio has long been considered to be one of the key swing states in presidential elections. It seems that whoever wins Ohio wins the White House. Last November, Obama received 2,697,260 votes to Romney’s 2.593,779 votes. Even though Romney won 72 of Ohio’s 88 counties, Obama won the state by the narrow margin of only 103,000 votes (largely because of voter fraud in Cleveland where numerous precincts reported 100% of votes for Obama).
According to the latest Quinnipiac University survey, if the election were held today, the results could be quite different. It seems that Obama’s support has been on a sharp decline in the Buckeye State since news of the IRS and NSA scandals reached the general public.
When asked if they approved or disapproved of Obama’s performance as president, only 40% said they approved of the job he was doing while 57% disapproved. Among Democrats, the president’s approval rating has dropped by 10% since December and 17% among Independents. In the largest swing, Ohio’s women went from a plus 20 point approval in December to a -9 approval in the most recent survey. A 29 point drop in 6 months is huge in political circles, especially in a demographic group that so strongly supported the president and helped to get him re-elected.
On the flip side, Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican, has seen his approval rating climb to 54% and his disapproval rating dropping to a mere 32%. Kasich is running for re-election in 2014 and when Ohio voters asked if he deserved another term, 49% said yes and only 37% said no.
Hopefully, what is being seen in Ohio is happening in many states throughout the country. Republicans nationwide need to jump on all of the scandals to expose the corruption of the Democratic Party and then lay out plans to fix those issues. Doing so just might be enough to help the GOP win back the Senate, changing the face of Washington politics and putting Obama in a very awkward position for his remaining 2 years as America’s first dictator.