Polls can be misleading, we grant you that, and one poll doesn’t make a trend, but President Donald Trump couldn’t have picked a better time to drop into Ohio on Friday to rally the Republican ranks.
With Election Day just over three weeks away, a new Suffolk University/Cincinnati Enquirer poll shows Republicans losing every state office. That would be an extraordinary shift in power, given Republicans currently hold every office.
The independent poll was conducted from Oct. 4 through Oct. 8. It randomly called 500 registered voters across the state using both cell phones and land lines. It was divided almost evenly between men and women and found an energized Democratic electorate with 38.4 percent of the people saying they identified with Democrats compared to 34.8 percent who claimed to be Republicans.
In the governor’s race, Democrat Richard Cordray leads Mike DeWine by a 46.4 to 40.4 percent margin. Only 9.6 percent of those polled said they were undecided. The key issues people cited were the economy, health care and education.
The poll also showed Issue 1 has the support of 43 percent of likely voters with 38 percent opposing the measure. Nearly one in five said they had not yet decided how to vote. The issue is supported by Cordray, who sees it as a way to reduce overcrowded prisons and funnel more money toward drug addiction treatment. DeWine has said Issue 1 will allow drug dealers to avoid prison time and lead to more drug overdose deaths.
• Auditor: Republican Keith Faber, of Celina, has the best chance for a Republican victory. He trailed Democrat Zack Space, 36-33.4 percent, with 24.8 percent undecided.
• Attorney General: Democrat Steve Detelbach leads Republican Dave Yost, 42-36 percent, with 24.8 percent undecided.
• Secretary of State: Democrat Kathlene Clyde leads Republican Frank LaRose, 42.8-33.2 percent, with 19.2 percent undecided.
• Treasurer: Democrat Robert Richardson leads Republican Robert Sprague, 41.8-35.2 percent, with 21.8 percent undecided.
There was other good news for Democrats, the poll showed.
In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Sherrod Brown’s 17.6-percent lead over Republican Jim Renacci is the largest margin of any race. Brown is favored by 53.6 percent of voters compared to Renacci’s 36 percent. Voters called health care the biggest issue in the Senate race. Second was the concern about Trump.
The Trump factor showed up favorably for Democrats in other areas, too:
• Trump’s approval rating in Ohio –41 percent – hasn’t significantly changed since June.
• 41 percent of likely voters say the House should consider impeaching Trump.
• Nearly half say they’re casting their ballots to change the direction Trump’s leading the nation.
The poll has a 4.4 percent margin of error.