Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are supposedly tied in the state of Ohio, with each presidential candidate sharing 44 percent of the vote, and with 11 percent still undecided.
This deadlock emerged even before Trump's acceptance speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a Suffolk University poll indicates.
The Suffolk data was gathered from a telephone survey of 500 likely voters from July 18 through July 20. Among other things contained in these findings, Ohioans are roughly divided about Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration and whether Clinton, the Democratic standard-bearer, should have been criminally charged in the email/private server scandal.
Both candidates still have high unfavorables, as other polling data has also shown.
Clinton does a little better with Suffolk when third-party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are included in the mix. Traditionally, and this is far from a traditional election, third-party support dwindles as Election Day nears.
Ohio governor and unsuccessful presidential hopeful John Kasich, a Republican who is not on the Trump train and didn't even attend the convention, even though it was in his backyard, claims that his party's nominee "will have a hard time winning Ohio" because his message is too divisive, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Kasich said he won't vote for Clinton, either.
The Thursday night acceptance speech seemed to benefit Trump, however, with a CNN/ORC instant poll suggesting that 56 percent of the viewers were more likely to vote for the New York real estate mogul after the presentation.