Two years can make a world of difference in politics. In 2008, the swing state of Ohio helped elect President Barack Obama over John McCain by giving the Democrat 52% of the vote to 47% for his Republican rival. In a new poll, however, Obama would lose 50% to 42% to … former President George W. Bush! See poll question and results.
Yep, the very same George Bush who ended his presidency with one of the lowest ratings ever for an outgoing president. See what two years out of the public limelight can do.
The survey of 425 likely voters, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows Democrats continuing to lose ground against Republicans in Ohio. Democratic Gov. Tom Strickland, for example, now trails Republican John Kasich 50% to 40% among likely voters in the gubernatorial race.
Just three months earlier, Kasich led by just 43%-41% in a PPP survey of registered voters. (Likely voters are considered a more accurate gauge).
Tom Jenson, director of the poll, wrote in a blog that “There’s not much doubt things are getting worse for Democrats … and they were already pretty bad.”