Someone else 1
Won't Vote 1
Don't Know 17
The race is effectively tied, with Fisher's lead within the poll’s three-point margin of error. For over half a year, Fisher and Portman have be been polling only a few points apart in this traditional battleground state, and it would not be a surprise to see this race remain close all the way through to the November general election.
While both candidates have net favorable ratings, a majority of voters don't feel they know enough about the candidates to form a judgment at this point:
Lee Fisher (D)
Haven't heard enough 54
Rob Portman (R)
Haven't heard enough 66
Democrats hope to tie the relatively unknown Portman to unpopular former President George W. Bush by emphasizing his role as Bush’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
One other interesting highlight from the poll: the new health care law remains unpopular in Ohio. Only 36 percent of Ohio voters approve of the "federal health care overhaul," while 55 percent oppose (though I will note "federal health overhaul" seems like a fairly negative phrasing. I suspect "new health care law" or "health insurance reform law" might poll somewhat better).
updated - a new PPP poll finds the race similarly close with also a very small lead for Fisher.