Democrats score victories on Ohio abortion ballot measure, Kentucky governor’s race and Virginia Legislature

By | November 8, 2023

It’s Election Day in Ohio and the issue of abortion is directly on the ballot.

More than a year after the Dobbs decision, early exit polls show an Ohio electorate unhappy with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, including nearly 4 in 10 who are angry about it.

Women, Democrats and young voters are particularly upset about the overturning of Roe.

Not everyone is of this opinion. Republicans, conservatives, and white evangelical voters who voted in this election are mostly happy with the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned Roe.

These early exit poll results indicate that most Ohioans voting in this election believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases – about six in ten think so – which is similar to what we saw among adults nationally in a recent CBS News poll.

On the issue of abortion, slightly more voters here trust the Democratic Party than the Republican Party.

It’s not just the issue of abortion that concerns Ohio voters, but also the economy and finances.

More and more Ohio voters say their finances are worse, not better, than they were three years ago and related to that – it’s the Republican Party whose voters Ohioans trust the Democratic Party more than others to manage the economy — especially among those who say their finances are worse.

President Biden lost the state of Ohio by eight points in 2020, and today most Ohio voters disapprove of the job he is doing as president.

We are a year away from the 2024 election, with President Biden running for re-election and former President Trump leading the GOP field for the Republican nomination.

A significant portion of the Ohio electorate isn’t very excited about the prospect of Trump or Biden running for president: Four in 10 Ohio voters don’t think either candidate should run to the presidency.

Exit poll results may change as CBS News obtains more data.

This CBS News Ohio exit poll includes in-person interviews with voters on Election Day and invitation-based phone, email and text interviews that measured the opinions of absentee/mail-in voters and early voters. The surveys were conducted by Edison Research on behalf of the National Election Pool.

Jennifer De Pinto and Fred Backus

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