-Voters in Ohio say they don't support either Occupy Wall Street or the Tea Party. 35% say they stand with the goals of Occupy Wall Street, but 43% say they oppose them. 37% say they stand with the goals of the Tea Party, but 48% say they oppose them. And when it comes to which of the movements they have a higher opinion of overall it's a split with 40% picking each.
What we see about both of these movements in Ohio is that they're more of a turn off to the other side than they are a rally point to their side. 70% of Republicans support the Tea Party...but 78% of Democrats oppose it. 52% of Democrats support Occupy Wall Street...but 68% of Republicans oppose it.
-John Boehner's national poll numbers are terrible and he's not finding much love at home either. Only 35% of Ohio voters approve of the job he's doing, while 46% disapprove. He's at 34/46 with independents. In a finding that probably is related to Boehner's numbers, Democrats have a 48-42 lead on the generic Congressional ballot in Ohio. That finding backs up recent national House polls that find the party with a similar advantage.
-Rob Portman may be the most anonymous man in the US Senate. 43% of voters in the state say they don't have an opinion about his job performance one way or the other. That's a higher level of ambivalence than we've found toward any of the other 87 sitting Senators that we've polled on. Only 24% of voters approve of Portman while 34% disapprove but I hesitate to label him unpopular- you get about an automatic 30% disapproval rating just for being a Senator. Portman is more unknown than unpopular.
-Ohio reflects what we find in most of the country when it comes to rights for gay couples. Voters in the state oppose gay marriage, by a 55/32 margin. But when you throw civil unions into the discussion 62% of voters support some form of legal recognition for same sex couples while only 34% are completely opposed. That pretty much sums up where the country is today- Americans support legal rights for gay couples- just don't call it marriage. Even 53% of Republicans support either gay marriage or civil unions.
-Finally we polled on the state's favorite professional sports teams and Cleveland wins out on both the baseball and football fronts. The Indians are the preferred team of 34% of Ohio voters to 25% for the Reds, 8% for the Tigers, 5% for the Red Sox, 4% for the Cubs, 3% for the Yankees and Pirates, and 2% for the Braves. When it comes to the NFL the Browns are at 34% to 20% for the Bengals, 12% for the Steelers, 5% for the Lions, 4% for the Cowboys, 3% for the Packers, 2% for the Colts, and 1% for the Patriots.
Full results here