Senator Sherrod Brown leads Republican Josh Mandel in a new poll that shows that Mr. Mandel, the state treasurer, remains little-known among the state’s voters.
Sen. Brown leads Mr. Mandel, 47% to 32%, in the poll. One percent of voters said that they would vote for another candidate, 2% wouldn’t vote, and 18% are undecided.
In all five Quinnipiac surveys testing a head-to-head Brown-Mandel matchup since May, Sen. Brown’s lead has been between thirteen and fifteen points. In each survey, Sen. Brown has flirted with the crucial 50% threshold but has yet to reach it.
Sen. Brown runs the table among Democrats, 86% to 2%. Among Republicans, Mr. Mandel leads, 76% to 10%. Sen. Brown leads among independents, 44% to 27%.
Sen. Brown retains a positive image. Forty-seven percent of voters approve of the job he is doing, while only 34% disapprove; 42% say they have a favorable opinion of him, compared to 26% who have an unfavorable opinion. Still, 30% of voters say they haven’t heard enough about Sen. Brown, who was first elected in 2006.
A whopping 69% of voters say they haven’t heard enough about Mr. Mandel to have an opinion about him, despite an attempt by Democrats to define him as opportunistic and less-than-transparent about his finances.
Mr. Mandel will rely on his fundraising to define his reputation among the state’s voters. He has not yet filed his fourth quarter report, but at the end of the third quarter of 2011, he had over $3.2 million in the bank.