COLUMBUS (TDB) -- Today's Quinnipiac University Ohio poll indicates Ohioans have not turned against Republican U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, who has been taking a beating from conservatives in his own party and Democrats who see him as a rubber stamp for President Bush's Iraq War policies. In fact, Voinovich's 47% favorable rating statewide measures slightly better than Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown's 46%. Their unfavorables are tied at 21%. Q-Pac said their favorable ratings have climbed by 2% since the last poll in July.
Some Ohio Republicans have taken to calling the former Cleveland mayor and governor "RINOvich," a nickname manufactured from the phrase Republican in Name Only.
Neither senator gets as high a number as Demcoratic Gov. Ted Strickland, at 58%. That is down 3% since July.