CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLLFor release: September 28, 20106:30 PM EDT
THE STATE OF OHIO: Frustration, Pessimism and Job WorriesSeptember 23-27, 2010
Discontent with the direction in which their state is headed, disappointment withPresident Obama and widespread concern about employment define the current moodof those living in Ohio, a state that has been hard hit by job loss and the recession. 74%are dissatisfied or angry with how things are going in Ohio, and seven in 10 say the stateis on the wrong track.
The poll suggests some frustration with President Barack Obama. 58% say they aredisappointed with his presidency, and 48% say he has not brought much change toWashington D.C., a major promise of his presidential campaign. More specifically,majorities disapprove of his handling of the economy and job creation. Just 12% say hiseconomic policies have helped them.
The primary concern in Ohio is jobs. Two thirds say the state has lost jobs, and amajority thinks those jobs will never return to the state. 35% think the state is in apermanent decline. For about three in 10 Ohioans, the recession has caused personalfinancial challenges and job insecurity.
Republicans in Ohio are more enthusiastic than Democrats about voting this year, andare paying more attention to the campaigns.
Views of President Obama: Disappointment, Lack of Progress on Jobs
Most Ohio residents do not see the President as making progress on the issue that mattersmost to them – the economy and jobs. 61% say President Obama has not made progress fixingthe economy, while 54% say he does not have a clear plan for creating jobs.
President Obama has…
Yes NoMade progress fixing the economy 32% 61A clear plan for creating jobs 37% 54And few see any personal gains from the President’s economic programs; 66% say hisprograms have had no effect on them personally. 20% think they have been hurt by thosepolicies, while just 12% think they have been helped.
How Have Obama’s Economic Programs Affected You?
Total Reps Dems IndsHelped 12% 2% 22% 10%Hurt 20 33 9 20No effect 66 65 67 67