November 11th, 2009
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Poll: Economy hurts Ohio Guv's re-election bid

Strickland's approval rating is slipping, a new poll suggests.
Strickland's approval rating is slipping, a new poll suggests.

(CNN) – There is more evidence Wednesday that now is not a good time to be an incumbent governor facing re-election next year.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's approval rating now stands at 45 percent, with 43 percent of Buckeye state voters saying they disapprove of the job he's doing. The 45 percent approval rating is Strickland's lowest score in Quinnpiac polling since he won the governor's office in the 2006 election.

Strickland, a Democrat and former congressman, is up for re-election next year. The survey indicates that he's tied with possible Republican challenger John Kasich in a hypothetical 2010 match-up for governor. Strickland held a 10 point lead over Kasich, a former congressman, in a Quinnipiac poll conducted in September.

The survey, released Wednesday morning, suggests that Ohio voters see Kasich as better able to handle rebuilding the state economy and the budget. According to the poll, by 19 percent voters disapprove of how Strickland's handling the economy.

"When Quinnipiac University first began asking about a Strickland-Kasich race for Governor in February, the incumbent held a 56 -26 percent lead over his challenger. Now they are dead even. Obviously a lot has changed: the Governor's own ratings have gone down more than the challenger's have come up," says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted November 5-9, with 1,123 Ohio voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Proud to be a Liberal American

    America seems to be forgetting the truth:

    This is George Bush's economy; this is Dick Cheney's economy!

    8 years of Bush and Cheney; 5 Trillion dollars added to the debt: 2 lost wars, Republic congressional rule (the worst in history) from
    1994-2006. The American people can't seem to count very well. Add to these Republican pathologies the following: Wall Street out of control; corporate control of government; little or no regulation of food and drug standards.

    The American people–above Republicans–can't seem to count, reason, think...

    November 11, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. tom in Tennessee

    There is no one with any economic sense that would be doing what the dems are doing to the economy. The dems know their actions are having negative effects and they don't care. They believe capitalism is evil and want to hobble our economy rather than see it flourish. It's not about wealth redistribution it's about the destruction of wealth.Is it any wonder people are moving away from the democrats. The liberal media (especially CNN) continue to provide them with cover because they have been bought off.

    November 11, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Proud to be a Liberal American (edited)

    America seems to be forgetting the truth:

    This is George Bush's economy; this is Dick Cheney's economy!

    8 years of Bush and Cheney; 5 Trillion dollars added to the debt: 2 lost wars, Republic congressional rule (the worst in history) from
    1994-2006. The American people can't seem to count very well. Add to these Republican pathologies the following: Wall Street out of control; corporate control of government; little or no regulation of food and drug standards.

    The American people–above all Republicans–can't seem to count, reason, think...

    November 11, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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