Mandel, on the other hand, remains totally undefined in the state. A whopping 69 percent of voters say they haven't heard enough about him to have an opinion. The young treasurer remains mostly anonymous in the state despite an aggressive attempt by state Democrats to define him as opportunistic and less-than-transparent about his personal finances via press releases sent frequently to reporters in the Buckeye State and in Washington.
Mandel will likely rely on his prodigious fundraising to help define his image 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, an impressive sum for a Senate challenger.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Jan. 9-16, surveying 1,610 registered voters. The margin of error is +/- 2.4 percentage points.