November 1st, 2010
12:19 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Strickland continues push, now deadlocked with Kasich

(CNN) - Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has moved to within one point of his Republican challenger, John Kasich, according to a new poll released the day before polling stations open in the critical battleground state.

Kasich leads Strickland 47 to 46 percent, with six percent of likely voters still undecided, according to the Quinnipiac University survey [pdf]. Five percent of voters say they have already chosen one of the candidates but could change their mind.

In the same poll, Kasich led Strickland by six points just one week ago and 10 points two weeks ago.

Separately, an Ohio Poll [pdf] sponsored by the University of Cincinnati attributed undecided voters to each candidate based on who they were most likely to back and projected Kasich would win the gubernatorial race by a 52 to 47.7 percent margin.

The gubernatorial contest has made national headlines in recent months thanks to campaign appearances by top surrogates of both political parties. President Obama and Vice President Biden campaigned for Strickland on Sunday; former President Bill Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama have also campaigned with the incumbent governor in recent weeks.

Three prominent conservative governors -Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – joined Kasich on the campaign trail Friday.

The Ohio poll shows GOP Rep. Rob Portman with a massive 20-point lead over Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in the race for governor. The Quinnipiac University survey puts the margin at 19 points and calls it "insurmountable."

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted by phone from October 25-30 with 848 likely voters and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. The Ohio Poll was conducted by phone from October 27-31 with 930 likely voters and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • John Kasich • Ohio • Ted Strickland
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. TSUNAMI WARNING: Expected loss of Socialist DemocRATS EXTENSIVE

    Kasich will win this going away. This poll taker is notoriously leftist and inaccurate. Have they EVER gotten one right? I doubt it. There won't be a Socialist DemocRAT left standing come Wednesday morning. BANK ON IT!

    November 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Katy

    Gridlock is the new operative word if the Democrats don't get out and vote full force.

    November 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. gt

    ohio has been obama home away from washington...but it still wont help stricklnand....rasmussen has kasich up 5...

    November 1, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. PalmReader

    Seems as if ALL the races are deadlocked . . . kinda strange, all things considered. To be considered an effective GOP tsunami, one would think that these races would already be GOP blow-outs. What gives, GOPers?

    November 1, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Turnout At The Polls

    LET'S GO DEMOCRATS! Please go out and vote! Let's finish what we have started.

    November 1, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "To be considered an effective GOP tsunami, one would think that these races would already be GOP blow-outs. What gives, GOPers?"

    If a baseball team were to win 120 games in a single season, it would be remarkable. Would it be any less remarkable if 100 of those were by 1 run? I don't think so. Same principle here.

    November 1, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. thomas

    Wasn't John Kasich a looser back in the Newt Ging days ?

    November 1, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. S.positive

    I never expected the Rupbilcans to win here anyway. We in Ohio know how they destroyed things here eventhough their loud mouth cliams of fixing things has been in the least, very very very thin.

    November 1, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. S.positive

    Rebuplicans who are destined to lose in Ohio I mean...

    November 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. FM

    I can guess all candidates who are in deadlock in every battle, the kingmakers will be the young voters.

    November 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. S.positive

    REPUBLICANS to lose

    November 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Donnatella

    Glad to hear the Dems are closing in, maybe if won't be as bad as they are predicting, just have to wait until wednesday, remember people a vote for the Democrats is a vote against the tea party!!

    November 1, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. CaptiveinCalifornia

    He's gained 10 POINTS IN 2 WEEKS! Yeah Right. Funny NO ONE else is reporting this. DESPERATION in FULL view! I love watching the Lefties IMPLODE! BYE BYE!!

    November 1, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. ken

    have the people of Ohio forgot that the GOP does not create jobs in America, Overseas maybe,but not in America.

    November 1, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Ancient Texan

    Ain't believing that poll, just saw others with Kasich ahead by 5 and another at six ahead. Stacked polls are getting as numerous as voter fraud.

    November 1, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Bob

    "S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Turnout At The Polls"

    B in Virginia laughing at S. in California, who clearly took advantage of legal medicinal marijuana...

    November 1, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. A Kickin` Donkey

    Given the role of auto manufacturing (including parts suppliers) plays in the economy of Ohio and given the FACT that The President RESCUED GM & Chysler, and those companies are paying back their loans WITH a PROFIT to the taxpayer, if voters there have any loyalty they will vote Democratic.

    I`ll bet every

    November 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Tom

    Vote Democrats, unless you want to pay $5.00 for gas again.

    November 1, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Wall Street Ballet

    The fear and anger pills are starting where off. Sanity is being restored.

    November 1, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ohioians standing in soup lines that GWB and his Republicans buddies created this time they will be standing in election lines to vote NO to Republicans which also means NO to soup lines and no more shipping jobs overseas.

    November 1, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Danny Cali

    Vote for John Kasich that mean Vote for Bush, remember he lost last time because he support Bush war.

    November 1, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. dan

    aren't Portmand and Fisher running for the Senate in Ohio? Articles Says "governor"

    November 1, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. stufthis

    The Fox Rasmussen Poll still has McCain/Palin winning in 2008 by 3 points.

    November 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. stufthis

    Tomorrow, we will learn if Americans are buying into the Stalinistic tactics of the GOP bagger party.

    November 1, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. rob

    Thanks DNCNN (Democrat National Cable News Network) for the cherry picked poll. Real Clear politics has it Kasich up 2.8 points as an average. While not his best lead, it is consistent with the race up to this point.

    Get informed people, don't rely on just one source for your news and information, especially DNCNN.

    November 1, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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