CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio, which once looked like a state firmly in Republican President Donald Trump’s corner for the 2020 election, increasingly appears to be battleground territory, complicating Trump’s re-election path through other parts of the country.
Trump has slipped in polling in the state, with Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden steadily gaining ground, making the race close amid several nationwide catastrophes including the coronavirus pandemic, recession and civil unrest over police brutality. The Trump campaign may find itself pouring resources into once-reliable Ohio – which Trump won by 8 percentage points in 2016 – instead of other key areas needed to win, such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
The bad polling for Trump includes a new Fox News poll released Wednesday showing Biden with a slight 2-point lead – within the margin of error – over Trump.
The poll was conducted March 30-June 2 with a sample size of 803 registered voters contacted by live interviewers via landline and cell phone. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.
Biden topped Trump in a head-to-head matchup of the November election 45%-43%, with 4% saying they would vote for someone else and 6% saying they didn’t know.
That matches the latest Great Lakes Poll and one from Emerson University that show a tightening race in the Buckeye State.
Public opinion was lukewarm on Trump in the Fox News poll. Half of respondents said they approved of the job Trump was doing as president, while 48% said they did not.
However, a more troubling statistic for the president is the strength of support behind those numbers. Only 29% said they “strongly” approve of Trump’s job performance while 40% said they “strongly” disapproved.