According to 15 percent of Republicans in Ohio, Mitt Romney is "more responsible" for Osama bin Laden's death than President Obama. No, that's not a misprint. According to a new PPP poll of likely Ohio voters, 47 percent of Republicans are "not sure" whether Obama or Romney deserves more of the credit for bin Laden's death, while 15 percent are sure Romney had more to do with the killing than the President.
Something is wrong in the state of Ohio.
The question came as part of a larger poll of Ohio voters, both Democrat and Republicans, on a set of 20 questions. On this particular question, the polls asked: "Who do you think deserves more credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
Thirty eight percent of Republican voters gave the credit to Barack Obama. It's unclear on what basis these Republicans even based this odd judgment.
The other important stats to note in the poll is that Barack Obama has opened up a 5 point lead over Mitt Romney, 50-45. In the aftermath of the Democratic Convention, this is the largest lead the PPP has found for Obama since early May. After being under water with voters before the DNC Convention with 46% of voters approving and 51% disapproving, Obama now breaks even with 48% approval and disapproval.
Meanwhile, Romney leads 46-44 with independents, but Obama has the overall advantage because of his strong party base support. Ohio voters say that Obama gives better speeches than Mitt Romney, by a score of 60-31.