July 3rd, 2009
11:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Recession taking toll on Ohio governor

(CNN) - A new poll of Ohio voters indicates that the recession is taking a toll on Gov. Ted Strickland's approval rating, and could make his bid for re-election next year more difficult.

Forty-six percent of those questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Friday say they approve of how Strickland's handling his duties as governor of Ohio, 4 points higher than the 42 percent who disapprove. The 46 percent approval rating is down 11 points from two months ago, and marks the lowest approval rating for Strickland since February 2007, one month after he took office.

"The lousy economy and its impact on any politician's ability to deliver the goods have taken their toll on governors throughout the nation and now Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is feeling the heat," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "In addition, the squabbling over the state budget has taken its toll on Strickland's image, and that of the Legislature as well."

Strickland, a Democrat and former congressman, is up for re-election next year. The poll suggests that in a hypothetical head to head matchup, Strickland and former Republican congressman John Kasich, a possible challenger, are essentially deadlocked: Strickland draws 41 to Kasich's 40 percent. Kasich trailed Strickland by 12 points in the early May survey.

The Quinnipiac University telephone poll of 1,259 Ohio voters was conducted June 26-July 1. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Yay for Obama, keep pulling them down with your lies. The truth will catch up with you and the rest of that bunch and we can watch burn and fall.

    July 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Leslie

    I don't get it. What's the point of this? Why am I interested in the Ohio Gov's approval rating? Either this is poorly reported, or I'm just missing something.

    July 3, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Jon in CA

    Dear lord ... I can't believe Strickland has even 41% support!!!

    This is the SAME guy who did nothing about ACORN and turned a blind-eye when State employees went snooping through "Joe the Plumbers" personal files – releasing private information to the media.

    Start packing Strictland.... you're about to get spanked by the OH voters.

    July 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Neilz

    It's radiation from the Obama Nuclear Blast that's spattering Strickland. You can't blame the most popular man since Jesus for this mess, so go after the nearest sitting politician you can find.

    July 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Oh goodie – another poll – who are those people? We have millions and millions of people, and CNN picks 1000 and gives us a poll.

    The Boner is the one dropping. Kick the bum out.

    July 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Willy Brown

    When all you want to do as governor is tax those who do work to pay out to those to lazy to work what do you expect. John Kasich will be the next governor

    July 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Derrick

    Jon in CA, apparently you have no clue what actually goes on here in the state of Ohio. ACORN wasn't his problems and snooping happens all the time, it wasn't his fault or problem. Strickland has done way more for our state than your governor ever could. Plus we don't have a 53 billion dollar deficit. Strickland's approval may be down a bit but when people get a look at his competition, Kasich, than people will wise up and realize that Strickland is the best option. Try not speaking for the Ohio voters when you know nothing about Ohio or it's people.

    July 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Lisa, Saugus MA

    The governor of OH is going through what a lot of democratic and republican governors are going to be going through in 2010. If people living in their states are hurting they will join the unemployed in trying to find another job.

    Right now even having the POTUS endorse you won't help since many Americans are finally putting down the kool-aid that was laced with Obama charm and waking up to the fact that their families can't take a vacation, can't buy a hybrid, new house or even receive a paycheck. If it is that way now just imagine if things aren't improved by 2010...then we will have a democrat in the white house and you will see Republican taking back either the house or senate so things will have to get done.

    OH voters are waking up just like we are in MA...Patrick is on his way out!

    July 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Kat

    Wait, Strickland is a democrat, we must follow him blindly.

    July 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Marc

    Gi Joe – Learn a bit about polls; They will never be able to poll EVERY Ohio voter, much less all Ohio citizens. So they pick a sample of the population (circa one thousand) and there's the poll. Not accurate numbers obviously, hence the 2.8 %, but it gives a good idea about the state of mind of the Ohio State.
    Jon in CA – ACORN, ACORN, ACORN... stop dragging that corpse and give it a proper burying please.
    Back at the issue at hand, it was taking some time that the current crisis took its toll on the President's Party, or perhaps it was taking some time that the numbers showed up...

    July 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    @Jon in CA

    Yeah, I agree, but Joe pretty much inserted himself and the GOP used him.

    @awaitingiberationbyCNN

    LOL!!!! :)

    July 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Fed up with low morals in SC

    Colin may re instate his credibility yet. There seems to be hope for him as he is now seeing wehat he should have before he endorsed Obama.

    July 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. worriedmom

    Give thanks to Acorn and Obamanits for your troubles!! No longer can blame Bush for things now, your Chosen Leader and his party are spending, spending, spending our hard earned money and enjoying it. They are not fearing as all of them have plenty of money in their bank accounts! Let's start freezing and reducing the wages of all of Congress and leaders!!! Start at the top!

    July 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Dominic Alati

    President Obama has inherited a situation unlike any President in recent memory. 2 wars(One instigated by Al-Queda,one created by George W. Bush), an unregulated financial system that went berzerk when the housing market collapsed, a greedy Wall Street looking for a fast buck, Health care industry that is more for profits than patients, and a Federal government that would rather sit on their thumbs, and do nothing while all this goes on. This President has had to take on the number of issue he has had to because of their urgency and importance. We have needed this kind of honest and open leadership for years, and I am SO glad we have it at last. Keep your faith, General Powell. You made the right decision.

    July 3, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. TRUTH

    let us not forget it was the old gop governor in Ohio and he followed the bush/cheney regime that hurt the U.S.A., be wise give the DEMS a chance. GO DEMS

    July 3, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. chubby

    This econony belongs to obama and the demorats. It is going to send them out of office from governors to the congress in 2010 and obama onto the street in 2012. That is if he is not thrown out of office before then because they find out he is not an American citizen.

    July 3, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. HUGO

    I find it amusing that these State Governors are finally figuring out that recession and loss of jobs relate directly to the substantial deficits being evidenced in State budgets. In my State the recession hit hard about two years ago with massive lay offs in the private sector, specifically in the housing and growth and development industries. Permitting through the local municipalities and state was typically at snails pace due to the sheer volume of permits and projects. In my professional lifetime I have witnessed the increase of regulatory control of private property rights that often made me wonder if I were still in America, land of the FREE. The collapse of the housing market and banking problems remedied their work overload, however even with all of private small businesses laying off to skeleton crews to try to stay solvent I have yet to see any Federal, State or local municipality layoffs. The offices remain fully staffed without any work coming in while the employees remain to recieve their scheduled "cost of living raises". If Government would wake up and downsize, deregulate and simply enforce existing rules and laws instead of legislating more they might find themselves operating in the black!

    July 3, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Jack in Florida

    I wish it would take a toll on John Boehner of Ohio.......he needs to be replaced big time......COME ON OHIO.....KICK HIM TO THE CURB

    July 3, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Lou from CT

    Almost every state leaders is getting pounded by the economy etc. and other blacklash which is typical of off-year elections.

    I don't think people should read much into it. It's just a pendulum swing.

    July 3, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |