More Ohioans disapprove of President Barack Obama‘s job performance than at any time since his inauguration, according to a new Quinnipiac University political poll of Ohio voters.

A majority also don’t like the way the Democratic president is handling the economy and health care, the poll shows.

And for the first time in the poll, Republican Rob Portman, a former congressman and Bush administration official, leads both the Democrats running next year for the U.S. Senate.

The poll shows some puzzling contrasts in the Buckeye State. Fifty-seven percent of the Ohio voters surveyed disapprove of Obama’s handling of health care, and 55 percent oppose his health care plan. But they seem to like the most contentious part of the plan: the so-called public option. Fifty-three percent support giving people the option to be covered by a government plan that would compete with private plans, and 43 percent said they oppose it

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