According to a recent poll conducted by Emerson College/Fox 8 Cleveland, former President Donald Trump maintains a significant lead over President Joe Biden in Ohio. The poll, which surveyed 1,000 registered voters from November 10-13, reveals that in a hypothetical head-to-head race, 50 percent of voters in Ohio back Trump while Biden trails behind at 38 percent. Additionally, the poll highlights Biden’s low approval rating of 32 percent.
The poll also investigated the loyalty of Trump’s supporters. When asked if they would continue to support Trump if he were convicted in one of his four criminal cases, over four in five respondents affirmed their unwavering support.
Only seven percent stated that they would withdraw their support, with 12 percent uncertain about their decision in such a scenario.
However, Trump’s lead expands when third-party candidates are included in the mix. Independent Robert Kennedy Jr., Green Party candidate Cornel West, and progressive Jill Stein were added to the ballot, resulting in a decline of support for Biden and a widening of the gap between Trump and Biden. In this five-person race, Trump leads with 45 percent, Biden falls to 31 percent, Kennedy receives eight percent, Stein gains two percent, and West secures one percent. Thirteen percent of voters remain undecided in this scenario.
Furthermore, the poll evaluates the Republican presidential primary in Ohio. Following the recent Republican debate and Trump rally, the poll finds that Trump holds an overwhelming advantage over his rivals. With the field narrowed down to approximately half of its previous size, Trump captures 62 percent of support among the 468 Ohio voters intending to vote in the GOP primary.
Former Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina comes in second with ten percent, while Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, once considered a strong contender against Trump, secures eight percent support in third place.
Secretary of State Frank Larose emerges as the front-runner in the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Ohio with 18 percent support. State Sen. Matt Dolan follows closely behind with 15 percent, and Ohio businessman Bernie Moreno reaches double digits with ten percent.
Joel Mutchler trails with three percent support. However, a significant portion of respondents, 29 percent, prefer another candidate, and 25 percent remain undecided. The ultimate winner of the primary is expected to face Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in the general election next year.