PPP's newest poll of Ohio finds Barack Obama with a narrow advantage in the state, at 48% to 45% for Mitt Romney. Obama's three point lead is unchanged from PPP's last survey there in late June.
Ohio provides a good illustration of how disgusted voters are with both of their serious choices in this election. They are not happy with the job Obama's doing, giving him a 46% approval rating with 51% of voters disapproving. But he leads anyway because folks are even less enamored with Romney- just 41% have a favorable opinion of him to 52% who see him negatively.
This poll was taken Thursday-Sunday, straddling Romney's announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate. We found Ohio voters to be split three ways on Ryan with 34% rating him favorably, 33% unfavorably, and 33% having no opinion. Republicans (61/6) like him more than Democrats (11/52) dislike him, but independents split against him 32/43. For now his selection looks like a wash but we'll see how it unfolds.
Obama (83% of Democrats) and Romney (85% of Republicans) are getting similar levels of support from their respective party bases. Obama's lead is thanks to a 49/39 lead with independents who in addition to disliking Ryan also have an extremely dim view of Romney (34/57 favorability.)
Brown's up 15 points with independents, 46-31. It's important to note that while Brown's at 79% of the Democratic vote right now, Mandel's at just 71% with Republicans. That means he has more room for growth in the closing months of the campaign and that it will probably get closer again.
Ohio is leaning Democratic right now but especially at the Presidential level it's very close and it's hard to characterize it as anything other than a swing state.
Full results here