Poll: Tough start for Ohio's new governor
March 23rd, 2011
10:56 AM ET
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Poll: Tough start for Ohio's new governor

(CNN) - A new poll suggests that Ohio Gov. John Kasich's new budget and his push to try and limit the collective bargaining rights of some public sector union workers are not sitting well with many Buckeye state voters.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, 46 percent of registered voters in Ohio disapprove of the job the new Republican governor's doing, with three in ten approving of how Kasich's handling his duties and nearly a quarter unsure. The survey indicates that by a 53 to 36 percent margin, Ohioans say the governor's budget is unfair. The budget aims to close the state's projected $8 billion deficit by cutting spending but not raising taxes.

Kasich has been in the national spotlight the past two months for joining with another freshman Republican governor, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, in moving to try and strip some collective bargaining rights from public service union members in an effort to try and balance the budget. About half of those questioned in the survey say they oppose the bill, which is currently working its way through the Ohio legislature.

"Gov. John Kasich has gotten off to a rocky start with Ohio voters, perhaps not surprising given the size of the cuts in public services and state spending that he has proposed," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute. "Although there is almost nothing in these numbers that Kasich can point to as evidence of his popularity or that of his proposals, he can take solace from the fact that he has almost four years to turn around public opinion."

The poll indicates an expected partisan divide on the governor's approval rating, with nearly two-thirds of Republicans saying they approve of how Kasich's handling his duties and two-thirds of Democrats saying they disapprove. By a 49 to 25 percent margin, independent voters give a thumbs down to how Kasich doing his job as governor.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted March 15-21, with 1,384 registered voters in Ohio questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. willie floyd

    Apparently he didn't learn from Wisconsin. Waiting to hear what's going to happen in Michigan. These Rep. Guvs. don't seem to be doing so great-so sad- NOT!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 23, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. willie floyd

    After thought-Why haven't we heard how the Minn. Gov. handled his deficit?? Didn't hear anything about protest marches being held there or his approval rating falling. Interesting.

    March 23, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Bill

    This is too rich. At this rate, he can deliver Ohio to Obama in the 2012 general. Keep it up Johnny!

    March 23, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Lynne

    I know I'm not good at math, but....if I were governor I wouldn't consider privatizing something that was actually bring money into the state budget like the liquor sales...the math just doesn't work....we are broke, so lets let Wall St. make money of our liquor sales and we get nothing anymore so we can be more broke. Yeah, I would give him a WONDERFUL approval score for that! My 9 yr old niece understands his plan equals bad math.

    March 23, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. kyle

    These Republican Governors have the same agenda, take from the Teachers, and give to the rich.

    March 23, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Lynne

    Oh yeah, lets not forget that he got rid of the states independent jobs development board, created a new one and named himself the chairman...so he can then give the privatized liquor sales to his Wall St. buddies! May not officially be a conflict of interest there...but if it quacks like a duck!!!!!

    March 23, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Cincinnatian

    ohio has so much potential – but elects looney politicians who destroy all momentum for progress. ohio can do better.

    March 23, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Fascists Dictator Kasich won't have his job too much longer. This union busting has got to stop. Giving tax cuts to corporations and then trying to balance your budget on the backs of middle class is morally WRONG!!!

    March 23, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Pete, MN

    Voters were so gung-ho to jump on the Republican bandwagon after drinking propaganda filled tea in November, you know,
    "we don't want no stinking Obama socialism". That is, until they found out that cuts in middle class valued benefits is what the
    republicans were really referring to. Too late now, isn't it. Americans are too fickle and mired in their own ignorance to vote
    their own interests. Fool me once, . . . twice . . .hundreds of times, shame on me.

    March 23, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Gee, who would have EVER expected that a Governor telling people they have to do with less (aka make sacrifices) to keep the state solvent would be unpopular. You mean the state can't just spend ever increasing amounts of money and collect ever increasing taxes to pay for it? You mean we can't have our cake and it it too like the Democrats say we can??!! I mean that has worked so well in the past! So well in fact that the federal government and most states tetter on the brink of bankruptcy.

    Maybe all these stupid people should wait for the long term benefits of this approach before passing judgment? Get a grip people and smell reality. Nothing is free. If you don't pay for it, you're expecting somebody else to pay for it.

    March 23, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If he keeps the drive to strip public employees of their collective bargaining right, he will find a world of problems. There is no good reason to do this. He is hurting some of his state's citizens. They live, work, and buy things in Ohio.

    March 23, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. al in memphis

    Odd thing about the Wisconsin issue was that the unions were giving back financial concession to help the budget, but in the end only thing that passed was the stripping of collective bargin rights. I guess the budget woes did not matter after all.

    So success is defined by lower taxes, reduce benefits for public employees, and forget about budget mess. Let's keep those quarterly profit beating expectations so the bonus can keep on rolling. Welcome to the new America, which is only the old America with an attitude of we don't care about the middle class, poor, etc - and we don't care that you know we don't care.

    March 23, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Bill

    Are the people doing the polling public sector workers and/or union members? If they are, the results are likely skewed.

    March 23, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This guy deserves what he gets!

    March 23, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. GrogInOhio

    I have asked and will continue to ask... what exactly are Republicans all over the country doing that surprises anyone? Where were these dissatisfied voters on November 2? If you expected something different, then you haven't been paying attention.

    March 23, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Gwen

    Our governor blames the teachers, cops, and firemen for the economic problems, budget and pension holes – but what about his beloved wall street guys who sold the pensions the "bad" investments that they all knew were going to fail?? The pensions lose their money because of these crooks on wall street but now the teachers and cops have to pay?? How many wall street fund managers are taking pay cuts or better, going to jail for illegal activity ? 0 thats how many!! Why is it when we want to tax the wealthy or limit CEO pay (Ford announces today $54 million salary for CEO) thats redistributing the wealth but taking it from the teachers and cops thats just fine with the republicans – how can any middle class/blue collar/worker vote for these republicans – what don't they see – they are taking your money and making the rich wealthier!!!

    March 23, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Marge

    well really now you can't blame this guy after all he has to do what the Koch Bros and the Chamber of Commerce tells him. He has got to pay them back for buying the governorship of Ohio for him.

    I mean, look at this these governors have to bust the unions, destroy them, after all how else can they dry up money for the Democrats. Or I wonder should they just go to the two Supremes that are in that pocket and tell them to make up a ruling to ban unions all together. You know they did that with Citizens United. They took a court case that in no way even mentioned donating money with out telling who they were and ruled on that instead of the original case.

    March 23, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP rush to eliminate labor unions, shows a complete and total disregard for the safety and welfare of workers, in this country.

    They want to return to the age of authoritarianism, where they crushed any and all opposition to their labor policies, where they placed workers in unsafe environments, and where they paid nothing to their workers, while raking in billions for themselves.

    This is why the Dems come to power.......and squander all of our fiscal resources.

    March 23, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. John in Brooklyn

    Kasich has taken the typical Republican policy position of blaming working class people for the deficit that Ohio is facing, while plumping the financial pillows of the wealthy and well-connected Republican elite. He is falsely assuming that Ohio is a red state when, in fact, it is very bright purple. If he doesn't start making concessions and listening to the needs to working class people instead of simply those who have memberships in their local Chamber of Commerce, he will quickly find himself written off as a failure.

    March 23, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. vic nashville tn

    When independent voters gave a thumbs down that mean they are showing the exit sign

    March 23, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Senor Ed

    Kasich, like other Rethuglicans, is just following orders from the Koch brothers and the wealthy corporate execs who pull the strings of the Grand Oil Party ... take from the middle class and give to the rich ... the Rethuglican way.

    March 23, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. AEJ

    Vote them out. These GOP governors are all deceitful. They campaigned one different things and as soon as they got in power we all see what they are doing differently. In 2012 put his name on the ballot and VOTE HIM OUT!!! RECALL!!!!

    March 23, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Be careful of what you vote for....you may just get it. Corporate puppets.

    March 23, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Michael

    Last November the Republicans were swept inot office with the declaration that people were angry and unhappy with government. They vowed to follow the will of the people. Now, they ignore the anger and the will of the peopel. So explain to me how the Republicans are different than the Democrats? Only in policy, not in how they conduct their business. Each party does what they want, not what the people want. Welcome to the era of the "Do as we say, not as we do" republican party.

    March 23, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Oh well. The "different" looking president wasn't doing enough for you so you took this crook for his words. Deal with it.

    You get what you vote for.

    March 23, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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