Poll: 62 percent of Ohioans think Buckeyes could beat Browns


COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Newly-released results from Public Policy Polling shed some insight on Ohio’s political leanings–and their faith in the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The poll, conducted on Oct. 5 and 6, found that Hillary Clinton only has a one-point lead over Donald Trump in the state. A majority of Ohioans have unfavorable opinions of both Clinton and Trump.

But it also asked some sports-related questions of the 782 voters surveyed. Here are some highlights:

  • Only 23 percent of Ohioans think the Cleveland Browns could beat the Ohio State Buckeyes. Sixty-two percent think the Buckeyes would triumph.
  • Surprisingly, 48 percent of those surveyed have a higher opinion of the University of Michigan than of Donald Trump.
  • Urban Meyer has a 55 percent approval rating with Ohioans. Only 7 percent disapprove of him. Thirty-eight percent are unsure.
  • When asked about LeBron James, 60 percent had a favorable opinion, 18 percent have an unfavorable opinion, and 21 percent weren’t sure.
  • The Cleveland Indians hold the hearts of 44 percent of those polled. Forty-four percent are Reds fans.

Of those surveyed, 12 percent said they were “very liberal,” 17 percent said “somewhat liberal,” 31 percent were “moderate,” 23 percent were “somewhat conservative,” and 16 percent were “very conservative.” When asked about party affiliation, 38 percent said they were Democrats, 36 percent were Republicans, and 26 percent identified as Independent or other.

Public Policy Polling is a left-leaning company.

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