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Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown is largely unknown to national presidential voters, new poll says

December 19, 2018

Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown is largely unknown to national presidential voters, new poll says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new nationwide poll that gauged the favorability ratings of President Trump and a number of his potential Democratic opponents in 2020 found that 77 percent of respondents across the country didn’t know enough about Ohio’s Sherrod Brown to form an opinion about him.

The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,147 nationwide voters with an error margin of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points found that 12 percent of those surveyed had a positive impression of Brown, while 9 percent had a negative impression.

The pollsters found former Vice President Joe Biden had the highest favorability ratings of the candidates they asked about, with a 53 to 33 percent favorability rating. President Donald Trump’s favorability rating was underwater – with 40 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had the highest unfavorability score of those they surveyed with 32 percent approval and 61 percent disapproval.

When asked about the survey results, Brown said he was surprised that only 77 percent had not heard of him. He said he hadn’t thought of running for president until recently, and many of the other contenders have been running for president for years.

“I have better things to do than worry about national poll numbers or Iowa and New Hampshire poll numbers,” Brown said, adding that his “dignity of work” political message has drawn interest in his candidacy and will be attractive to voters.

He said that he and his wife, columnist Connie Schultz, are still undecided about whether he will run for president. He said he has not met with former President Barack Obama to discuss a presidential run.

“I know lots of people check that box,” he said. “I suppose at some point I will.”

Here’s how voters responded when asked about a potential presidential campaign by Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.

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