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Obama - Too “Arugula” For Ohio

RNC Communications - January 4, 2012

Obama’s Poll Numbers And His Campaign’s Bottom Line Show Trouble In The Buckeye State

55 Percent Of Ohio Voters Say They Disapprove Of Obama’s Job Performance, Compared To 41 Percent Who Say They Approve. (Quinnipiac University Polling, 1,437 RV, MoE 2.6%, 11/28 – 12/5/11)

53 Percent Of Ohio Voters Say That Obama Does Not Deserve Reelection, Only 42 Percent Say He Does. (Quinnipiac University Polling, 1,437 RV, MoE 2.6%, 11/28 – 12/5/11)

Just 19 Percent Of Ohio Voters Say They Are Satisfied With The Direction The Country Is Headed, With 2 Percent Saying “Very Satisfied” And 17 Percent Saying “Somewhat Satisfied.” (Quinnipiac University Polling, 1,437 RV, MoE 2.6%, 11/28 – 12/5/11)

Obama’s Fundraising Numbers In Ohio Are “Only About Two-Thirds Of The Amount From The Same Point In His Last Campaign.” “The numbers don’t lie, but their significance is strongly contested. President Barack Obama’s Ohio fundraising is down about $200,000 from four years ago, only about two-thirds of the amount from the same point in his last campaign, a Dispatch analysis of data provided by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics shows.” (Darell Rowland and Joe Hallet, “This Time, Ohio Slower To Give To Obama,” The Columbus Dispatch, 11/27/11)

  • While Ohio Is The Seventh Largest State, It Ranks Thirteenth In Obama’s Top Contributors. “Data provided by the campaign show that more than 28,000 Ohioans have contributed this year. However, those same data show that while the nation’s six largest states also are the top six in contributors, the seventh-largest — Ohio — comes in at 13th.” (Darell Rowland and Joe Hallet, “This Time, Ohio Slower To Give To Obama,” The Columbus Dispatch, 11/27/11)

“Raising Questions About His Ability To Once Again Capture This Swing State”

Lagging Ohio Support Is “Raising Questions” About Obama’s Ability To Capture Ohio.  “Despite blue-collar job creation in steel mills, ball-bearing manufacturers and meatpacking companies, many working-class white voters here, and in much of Ohio, say they have reservations about Obama this time around, raising questions about his ability to once again capture this swing state.” (Alana Semuels, “Ohio Unemployment Falls, Bust So Does Support For Obama, Los Angeles Times, 1/2/12)

Director Of University Of Virginia’s Center For Politics Larry Sabato: “It’s Not Going To Be Easy” For Obama In Ohio. "’I would never say he can't win,’ Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, said when asked about Ohio, a state where Hillary Clinton beat Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. But he added, ‘It's not going to be easy.’" (Stephen Koff, “Ohio Looking Like Key State –again—In 2012 Presidential Election,” The Plain Dealer, 9/28/11)

Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman: “Voters Are Choosing The Candidates With Whom They Most Identify.” “The president will speak in Cleveland on Wednesday about the economy, though.  It's not necessarily just about the economy anymore. Voters are increasingly choosing the candidates with whom they most identify, says David Wasserman, House editor for the Cook Political Report.” (Alana Semuels, “Ohio Unemployment Falls, Bust So Does Support For Obama, Los Angeles Times, 1/2/12)

  • And “That’s A Problem” For Obama Who Is “More Arugula Than Chicken And Dumplings.” “Lifestyle and culture is driving politics more than regional economic circumstances," he said. ‘Obama is more arugula than chicken and dumplings, and that's a problem.’"(Alana Semuels, “Ohio Unemployment Falls, Bust So Does Support For Obama, Los Angeles Times, 1/2/12)
  • Obama Struggles To Connect With Ohio’s  Working-Class Voters. “The president sometimes struggles to connect with Ohio and Pennsylvania's white working-class voters, and with Jewish voters who make up a core constituency for Florida Democrats and view him with skepticism.” (Julie Pace, “Obama Turning To Bide For Help In 3 Key States,” The Associated Press, 11/26/11)

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