COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio voters polled by Baldwin Wallace University's Community Research Institute are reacting very favorably to Gov. Mike DeWine's approach to managing the state's COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
The university says the results of their Great Lakes Poll "offer a snapshot of public opinion in four key Midwestern states caught in the midst of the fear and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic."
Politically, the governors in the four states: Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin & Pennsylvania, are scoring high marks among the voters polled as part of the outreach conducted by the university and its institute. The voters note several things about the COVID-19 outbreak, including health care, which they see as the top issue in this sensitive time. Additionally, they place the economy as second on their hierarchy of importance, followed by financial woes, the authenticity of the virus' threat, support for restrictions, and sports.
The poll also finds voters in the traditionally critical states for any presidential candidate as believing the worst is yet to come; they see it personal, more personal than the H1N1 outbreak, and perhaps more personal than the 9/11 attacks.
The poll is the second of four 2020 surveys planned by Baldwin Wallace's Community Research Institute. They partnered with the Ohio Northern University and Oakland University in Michigan on the research.