When asked “Who is more responsible for Osama bin Laden’s death, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?”, 15% of Ohioan voters who identified themselves as “very” conservative gave credit not to the Commander in Chief and mission strategist, but to former Governor Mitt Romney … ummm … say what??! Also, 6% of “somewhat conservative” people named Mitt as their pick for the bin Laden operation mastermind.
Liberals fared better, but, surprisingly, 4% of “very liberal” Ohioans still give Romney (Yes, the man who last held state-level office FIVE YEARS AGO) the nod for killing bin Laden.
Perhaps more disturbingly, a whopping 1 in 3 Ohioans surveyed (31%) said they were not sure who was responsible for bin Laden’s death, with 51% of America’s far-right and 14% of America’s presumed far-left not knowing the answer. This is America’s (mis)-information system at work!
Overall, Barack Obama now has a comfortable 5 point lead over Mitt Romney in the Buckeye State, 50-45. Perhaps due to the Democratic Convention bounce, Obama is up two points from 48-45 last month. Not surprisingly, Ohio voters say by a 2-1 margin that Obama delivers better speeches than Romney.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,072 likely Ohio voters from September 7-9, 2012. The margin of error is +/-3.0%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign.
Access the full report here: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_OH_9912.pdf.