As Donald Trump’s approval rating continues to plummet nationwide, Democratic candidate Joe Biden has opened up a 4-point lead over the president in Ohio, a key battleground state, according to a new poll.
The poll, conducted by Your Voice Ohio in collaboration in the state, found Biden at 46 percent and Trump at 42 percent, the Toledo Blade reported.
The survey also found Biden’s supporters are more enthusiastic about voting for the former vice president — 31 percent said they strongly support Biden, compared to 26 percent of Trump supporters who said they strongly support the president. It’s the first time a poll finds Biden benefiting from enthusiasm over Trump in the state, a sign that Trump is in trouble.
The survey was conducted by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron and the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research in Akron.
“No Republican has ever been elected or reelected in American history without carrying Ohio, so there’s a particular burden on Trump and his allies and supporters to compete effectively in Ohio,” John Green, director emeritus of the Bliss Institute, told The Blade. “These numbers forecast a very competitive race in the state.”
Ohio has nine counties that voted for President Obama in 2012 and then flipped to Trump in 2016, making it the state with the seventh most “pivot counties” in the country.