Throughout this election cycle, all relevant polls have shown President Trump trailing his Democratic rivals among voters in Ohio. That has now changed.
A new survey released by Baldwin Wallace University now shows Trump leading former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic frontrunner, in the state by a spread of 47%-43%. Against fellow Dem challenger and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the president's margin grows even larger to 47%-41%. It's a strong turnaround for Trump, who less than a year ago trailed Biden by eight points in the state. He is also buoyed by a relatively strong 51% approval rating among Ohioans, up three points from BW's last survey in January.
The new numbers come amid the global coronavirus pandemic that has gripped Ohio as well as the rest of the nation. While some have criticized the president's response to the crisis, 58% of state residents disagree and say they approve of his actions thus far. In addition, more voters feel Trump is doing a better job than either Biden or Sanders would do. Trump won Ohio by eight points over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, and no one has won a presidential election without winning Ohio since John F. Kennedy in 1960. Trump's victory in the state was part of a Midwestern shift that propelled him to the White House, and statistics show that has a good chance of happening again elsewhere. READ MORE