Ohio seems to be changing its mind

In Election 2006, Labor, US Politics on October 18, 2006 at 8:27 am

In the last Presidential election, Ohio came off as being one of the key “swing” states. It was so important, that people from NYC and elsewhere were taking buses out there to try and persuade voters to not re-elect George Bush. But in the end, the majority of voters there still voted for him. Today, the political sentiments in the state seem to be changing.

From the NYTimes (via the International Herald Tribune):

The bellwether state of Ohio appears to have become hostile territory for Republicans this year, with voters there overwhelmingly saying Democrats are more likely to help create jobs and concluding that Republicans have far more corrupt politicians than do Democrats, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll.


Home this year to closely watched races for governor, U.S. Senate and a growing roster of competitive House seats, Ohio is one of the most contested battlegrounds of 2006, and one in which voters at this point are strongly favoring Democrats on most issues.


The Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate hold commanding, double-digit leads over their Republican opponents in the poll and respondents said they intended to vote for the Democratic candidate for the House in their district by a 50-32 percent margin.


The results contained warning signals for President George W. Bush and his party across the nation three weeks from Election Day. The poll found a striking slippage in the president’s standing among white evangelicals, a Republican constituency that has provided the margin of victory in a number of recent elections. In November 2004, 76 percent of white evangelicals in Ohio voted for Bush. When asked in this poll whether they approve or disapprove of the job Bush is doing as president, only 49 percent approved while 45 percent disapproved.


Ohio is a Republican-leaning state that twice voted to elect Bush and gave him his margin of victory in 2004. But it is not a perfect microcosm of the country, and in particular has higher levels of economic anxiety, the poll found.


Sixty-five percent of those surveyed rated the state’s economy as bad; only 34 percent said it was not. A plurality, 46 percent of voters, said the economy and jobs were the most important issues facing Ohio, while 17 percent cited health care, 15 percent said terrorism and 12 percent said the war in Iraq. Only a third of Ohio voters approve of the job Bush is doing as president or the way he is handling the economy….

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