A statewide poll of 800 voters in Ohio conducted in late September by Expedition Strategies for Battleground Research, LLC found that a majority of voters believe the state is headed in the right direction (52-31%) and nearly three quarters say that they feel pretty good about their personal economic situation.
In the race for Governor, the generic ballot (Democrat vs. Republican) is a tie (38-38%) with nearly a third of the vote undecided. US Senator Sherrod Brown has a strong lead in his bid for re-election. 48% of the respondents said they would vote to re-elect him. In a head-to-head match-up with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, Brown leads 47-37%.
Opinions of President Trump are evenly divided. 49% approve of the job he’s doing as President and 49% disapprove. He’s viewed favorably by 47% and unfavorably by 50%.
Governor Kasich’s numbers are strong. 62% approve of the job he’s doing as Governor, while 34% disapprove. 51% view him favorably and 37% view him unfavorably.
The top two issues that voters identified as important to a strong economy were education and health care. In particular, voters pointed to the need for skill and vocational training and greater college affordability. They also said that lowering the cost of health insurance needs to be addressed.