The Washington Times - January 20, 2011, 12:17PM

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is in “decent” shape to win re-election in 2012, while President Obama faces good but not great prospects for carrying Ohio in two years, according to a new poll.

Forty-five percent of potential Ohio voters say that Brown deserves to be re-elected, while 30 percent said he does not, according to results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Twenty-five percent responded that they weren’t sure or didn’t respond to the question.


As for Obama, 48 percent of Ohioans say he would be re-elected, with 44 percent saying he shouldn’t. Eight percent said they weren’t sure or didn’t give an answer.

“Sen. Sherrod Brown starts off his 2012 re-election campaign in decent but not overwhelming shape,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “He’d like to be above the magic 50 percent threshold, but he is within hailing distance.”

Peter Brown said Obama is in a “slightly weaker position” than Sen. Brown when it comes to carrying Ohio — perhaps the nation’s premier swing state — in the 2012 election.

The poll also shows Ohioans holding a 27 percent favorable opinion of House Speaker John A. Boehner, a Republican member of the Ohio congressional delegation, with 18 percent disapproving of his job performance. A whopping 52 percent said they weren’t sure, while 2 percent didn’t answer the question.

The poll also shows that 37 percent of Ohio voters view Boehner’s tendency to cry in public a sign of strength, with 27 percent saying it’s a weakness. Thirty-seven percent say they are undecided in regard to the speaker’s tears.

Quinnipiac pollsters conducted the telephone survey from Jan. 12 to Monday. The poll as a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.7 percentage points.