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Nick Tuell · June 9, 2022

POLL: Tim Ryan maintains lead over GOP extremist J.D. Vance

As part of Innovation Ohio’s role in supporting Ohio’s progressive infrastructure, we occasionally commission research to equip us and our partners with an understanding of the mood of the electorate and of policy solutions that will best improve the lives of working families. Research is vital to our organization’s ability to connect the dots between activism, advocacy, and policy making. 

Today, we are sharing the results of a new poll of just over 2,000 Ohio registered voters, conducted online from May 30 – June 3 on the GrowProgress platform, on the state of the race for US Senate and voter enthusiasm about the election. In it, we find that Democrat Tim Ryan has built on his pre-primary edge over J.D. Vance and now leads the race by 3 points, 44%-41%. 

Conducted a month after our last poll and the conclusion of the GOP primary, the poll shows Republican voters remain reluctant to throw their support behind extremist J.D. Vance. Vance’s support among Republicans sits at 79%, while Ryan secures 91% of Democrats. 14% of Ohio Republicans remain undecided.

– Innovation Ohio President Desiree Tims

Now that the GOP primary is settled with DeWine and Vance at the top of the ticket, our two polls also show that Republicans have lost the motivation advantage. While Republicans were slightly more likely than Democrats to report they were “extremely” or “very” motivated to vote in November, that share dropped by 8 points after the conclusion of the primary, and now stands at 80%. Voter motivation among Democratic voters remains unchanged at 87%.

The poll also shows Ryan holding substantial leads among women, black voters, younger voters (ages 18-54) and those with a college degree. Vance, meanwhile, maintains an edge among white voters, those ages 55 and up and non-college voters. Tim Ryan once down by double digits among independent voters now finds himself only trailing by 1%.

Full results:

“Congressman Ryan is on a roll and J.D. Vance has failed to connect with Ohioans,” said Innovation Ohio President Desiree Tims. “While Ryan finds ways to earn votes from key demographics, Vance’s extremist campaign isn’t doing himself or his campaign any favors, even among the Republican base. Ohio voters are done with extremist politicians like J.D. Vance,” Tims continues. “Ohioans want to live in a progressive state with proven leaders who can deliver. The right wing extremist agenda voids us of such opportunity.”

GrowProgress surveyed 2018 Ohio registered voters on May 30 through June 3. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3%.

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