WI Approve: 45.67% Disapprove: 48.79%: Unsure: 5.53%

America’s Dairyland has not backed a Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984, but the Democratic-leaning state echoes the rest of the Midwest in its close disapproval of the job President Barack Obama is doing.

Wisconsin: President Obama Approve/Disapprove

 ApproveDisapproveNo opinion
OVERALL45.67%48.79%5.53%
GENDER
Female48.10%45.36%6.54%
Male42.79%52.87%4.34%
POLITICAL AFFILIATION
Democrat76.34%19.28%4.37%
Republican14.25%79.42%6.33%
Independent/Other39.02%54.92%6.06%
AGE BRACKET
18-2470.21%25.53%4.26%
25-3445.36%45.36%9.28%
35-4434.43%59.02%6.56%
45-5440.91%53.72%5.37%
55-6452.48%44.90%2.62%
65+45.18%48.19%6.63%
Date of Poll: 3/9/2010
Participants: 1,310 registered voters
Margin of Error: ±2.61%


OH Approve: 42.07% Disapprove: 52.54% Unsure: 5.39%

Ohio is well known as a swing state and a bellwether indicator of national opinion. We Ask America polled more than 1,300 Ohio voters with one simple question: “In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job that President Obama is doing?”

Here are the results:

Ohio voters: President Obama Approve/Disapprove

 ApproveDisapproveNo Opinion
OVERALL42.07%52.54%5.39%
GENDER
Women47.28%46.89%5.89%
Men35.05%60.14%4.80%
AFFILIATION
Democrat69.73%26.25%4.02%
Republican14.29%81.38%4.34%
Independent/Other33.25%58.56%8.19%
AGE BRACKET
18-24 years old53.33%44.44%2.22%
25-34 years old27.59%67.82%4.60%
35-44 yars old38.41%56.10%5.49%
45-54 years old43.15%54.36%2.49%
55-64 years old46.83%46.83%6.34%
65+ years old41.53%51.81%6.65%
Date of Poll: 3/9/2010
Participants: 1,317 registered voters
Margin of Error: ±2.72%

Illinois Governor: Brady leading

Republican Bill Brady’s nip & tuck campaign victory of fewer than 200 votes may have helped to boost his name recognition in Illinois. He currently holds a surprisingly large lead over incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn and the Green Party’s Rich Whitney. One should factor that this poll was taken a day after Gov. Quinn gave his annual Budget address where he announced cuts to education and a one-percent tax increase along with a dizzying array of postponed bill payments and other financial schemes to attack a $13 billion budget problem.

We believe these numbers are extraordinarily fluid. Brady’s poor performance in Cook and the collar counties during the primary will be tested in the coming months, and it should be remembered that the Green Party’s Rich Whitney received about 10 percent of the vote in the last election.

We’ll be tracking this race carefully in the coming months. You can keep posted on our progress by subscribing to our public polls.

Illinois Governor's Race

 Bill BradyPat QuinnRich WhitneyUnsure
OVERALL44.61%31.58%3.51%20.30%
GENDER
Female37.81%35.08%2.73%24.37%
Male56.10%27.74%3.35%12.80%
POLITICAL AFFILIATION
Democrat18.63%55.56%3.27%22.55%
Republican79.81%7.98%1.41%10.80%
Independent/Other50.64%22.32%4.29%22.75%
AGE BRACKET
18-2450.00%16.67%5.56%27.78%
25-3427.91%34.88%6.98%30.23%
35-4444.55%29.09%5.45%20.91%
45-5450.00%26.97%3.29%19.74%
55-6445.16%31.72%2.69%20.43%
65+47.70%36.82%1.26%14.23%
Date of Poll: 3/10/2010
Participants: 798 registered voters
Margin of Error: ±3.47%

Illinois U.S. Senate: Kirk leading the field

Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL 10) currently has a ten-point lead over his Democrat opponent State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, with the Green Party’s LeAlan Jones far from the pack. Giannoulias has been the recipient of an increasing amount of media scrutiny due to the misfortunes and allegedly questionable loan/business practices of a bank owned by his family. Kirk, who has had a number of challenging campaigns in the 10th District, had a relatively easy primary where a number of his more conservative challengers split the vote from the right.

Illinois: U.S. Senate Race

 Alexi GiannouliasMark KirkLeAlan JonesUnsure
OVERALL33.38%43.26%3.59%19.77%
GENDER
Female37.81%35.31%3.42%23.46%
Male28.05%54.57%3.66%13.72%
POLITICAL AFFILIATION
Democrat64.38%11.11%2.29%22.22%
Republican7.98%81.22%1.41%9.39%
Independent/Other17.60%51.07%7.30%24.03%
AGE BRACKET
18-2438.89%38.89%0.00%22.22%
25-3444.19%25.58%4.65%25.58%
35-4435.45%40.91%4.55%19.09%
45-5426.32%50.00%4.61%19.08%
55-6437.10%41.40%3.76%17.74%
65+32.64%46.03%2.51%18.83%
Date of Poll: 3/10/2010
Participants: 779 registered voters
Margin of Error: ±3.51%

We Ask America announces “Obama in the Heartland” poll series

How is President Obama playing in Peoria? That’s what our new series of public polls seeks to ascertain as we ask more than 5,000 Heartland residents one simple question: In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job President Obama is doing? The polls are being conducted in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Do you have a good idea for a public poll for us to conduct? Use the form in the right column of our home page to let us know. And don’t forget to subscribe by email to our public polls…they’ll show up automatically in your mailbox!

Automated vs Interview…the debate rages on

Which are better: interview polls or automated polls?

That depends. We Ask America conducts both, and both have their place. Traditionally, interview polls ask more questions to fewer people and cost considerably more than automated polls. Automated polls can have a huge number of responses (we’ve conducted polls of up to 70,000 responses!), and cost about one-tenth the price of interview polls. Interview pollsters have been publicly skeptical of their automated counterparts…and automated pollsters have proven their worth by being more accurate of late. See our FAQ page for more information.