- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ohio voters this month gave President Obama a failing grade, but that’s not hampering Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s edge over all Republican comers in theoretical matchups for the 2016 presidential race.

The Quinnipiac Univeresity Poll found Buckeye Staters disapprove of Mr. Obama’s performance, 36-59 percent, close to his lowest score in any of the nine states the institute has surveyed.

His all-time low was 34-61 percent in a Nov. 27 poll in Ohio.

Republicans disapproved of him, 4-94 percent, and Democrats approved of his performance, 74-21 percent.

But Mrs. Clinton, should she run for the White House in 2016, would top each of the GOP contenders at this point.

She’d inch by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 46-42 percent, beat former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 48-37 percent, and top New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by 46-37 percent.

Voters even preferred Mrs. Clinton over their own Republican governor, John Kasich, 47-40 percent.

“The bad news for Democrats is that President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Ohio is close to his all-time, all-state low. The good news for the party is that the president doesn’t appear to be hurting the Democrats’ consensus front-runner for 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

Also in the survey, Ohio voters approved 49-32 percent of Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and gave Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, “a 40-28 percent thumbs up.”

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