OHIO — Ohio voters give Gov. Mike DeWine high marks for his handling the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a poll released Monday by Baldwin Wallace University. Eighty-five percent of respondents approved of the job DeWine has done, while half as many of those surveyed said they approved of the way President Donald Trump has handled the crisis.
“DeWine has emerged as one of the most proactive governors in the country, largely because he has treated preventing the spread of COVID-19 as a matter of life and death.” BW researcher Laura Copeland, Ph.D. said in the news release announcing the poll results.
The poll of 797 likely voters had a margin of error of 3.7 percent.
Protests have been loud and persistent over the last few weeks at the statehouse but the BW survey results bring into question how prevalent that sentiment is outside the protest groups. Nine out of 10 of those polled said they supported the restrictions put in place by DeWine and Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. While the pair have come under intense scrutiny from those opposed to the measure, those surveyed said they trust DeWine and Acton to make the right decision in keeping people safe.
The majority of those surveyed said they worried about opening schools, businesses and places of worship too soon. More than 80 percent said they had COVID-19-induced anxiety.
BW also asked respondents about politics.
Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in a dead heat in Ohio, according to the poll. They were separated by one percentage point. And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be the most popular choice among Ohioans to be Biden’s running mate if the election were held today.
See the full poll results here: