Voters in Ohio are split on whether President Obama deserves a second term, according to a poll released Thursday.
Obama's job approval rating saw a slight uptick to 49-45 percent in May from 47-48 percent in April, a Quinnipiac University poll shows. But when asked if Obama deserves to be reelected, registered voters split 47-47 percent.
The poll indicates that, early in the campaign season, Ohio's electoral votes are up for grabs. The state typically serves as a key swing state during presidential elections and whoever wins it often wins the general election.
Quinnipiac's assistant polling director Peter A. Brown also noted that Obama did not receive the so-called "bin Laden bounce" — the approval rating surge he saw nationally after the killing of the al Qaeda leader — in Ohio.
"His approval rating has barely moved, but symbolically it’s on the positive side again. His matchup against an unnamed Republican, however, is down," Brown said. "In Ohio at least, the question of whether there is a ‘bin Laden bounce’ apparently has been answered. And the White House can’t be happy with the answer."
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,379 registered voters by phone between May 10-16. The margin of error is 2.6 percentage points.