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New poll shows Ohio voters are split on controversial issues
Poll from Quinnipiac University shows Ohio voters are split on Planned Parenthood, Iran nuclear accord and other issues

Jo Ingles
The recent poll shows Ohioans are split on ISIS, immigration and funding of Planned Parenthood.
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A new poll shows Ohio voters are almost evenly split on a variety of controversial issues, including cuts in government funding to Planned Parenthood and on sending ground troops to the Middle East to fight terrorism. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains.

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The latest Quinnipiac University Poll of presidential swing states shows 40 percent of Ohio voters support cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but just over half are against it.

That includes a very slim majority of independents. And it’s clearly a party line issue; 8-in-10 Democratic voters oppose cutting that funding, but 70 percent of Republicans say they support it.

The poll also shows Ohioans support sending troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria by a margin of 51-42 percent. But there was a bigger split on the nuclear deal with Iran; 58 percent oppose it, with a quarter of Ohioans supporting it.

Just a slim majority say illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay with a pathway to citizenship; more than a third said they should be forced to leave. But there were big differences on clean-coal mandates from the government. By a 2-1 margin, voters support requiring owners of coal-burning power plants to reduce pollution. And a lot of these results were similar in the other two polled states of Pennsylvania and Florida.

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