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Ohio Sen. Portman says poll numbers don't concern him
A third of Ohio voters answered "don't know" or "no opinion" when asked to rate Portman's job performance

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Ohio’s freshman U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he’s not disappointed by new Quinnipiac Poll numbers that show nearly a third of Ohio voters are not familiar enough with him to decide how good a job he’s going. 

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“If you look at the numbers of others who were in their first term in the Senate, it’s very similar in terms of the number of people who don’t have an opinion. It doesn’t mean they don’t know who you are, I guess. It means they don’t have an opinion.” 

The poll shows 40 percent of Ohio voters approve of the job Portman is doing, 28 percent disapprove. That compares to a high approval rating in May of 44 percent. 

Portman is in his first term in the Senate, but represented southwest Ohio in Congress for 12 years before joining the Bush administration as trade representative and budget director. 

His name has been floated recently as a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, something he says he would consider.

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