The Washington Times - June 26, 2013, 12:27PM

President Obama’s job approval rating in Ohio has hit an all-time low among surveys done by Quinnipiac University, with 40 percent of voters approving and 57 percent disapproving of his job performance.

The underwater mark is close to a 39-57 percent low in Florida in Sept. 2011 — his lowest grade ever in the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac, according to a Wednesday release.

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“Ohio was the key state in both of President Barack Obama’s elections and it was his strong showing among independent voters there that made the difference,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “President Obama’s fortunes in the Buckeye State have turned. Since last December, he has lost 10 points among Democrats and 17 points among independent voters. He has gone from a 20-point approval margin among women to a 9-point disapproval margin among female voters.”

Eighty-two percent of Democrats approve, compared to 14 percent who disapprove, down from a 92-7 split in December. Some 53 percent of women disapprove and 44 percent approve — a complete turnaround from half a year ago, when 58 percent approved and 38 percent disapproved. He was also above water back then among independents, with a 51 percent approval rating compared to 43 percent who disapproved.

In more striking numbers from the poll, if the 2016 presidential election were held today, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be deadlocked at 42 percent and Mrs. Clinton holds a three-point lead over Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, at 47 percent to 44 percent.

Mr. Christie leads Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in a potential match-up, 50 percent to 32 percent, as does Mr. Paul, at 49 percent to the vice president’s 40 percent.

The survey, taken June 18-23, is based on telephone surveys with 941 registered voters in the state. The margin of error is 3.2 percentage points.