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

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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This right wingnut is no governor. He is a lying, anti middle class, anti government Kocher, who is trying to pay back his corrupt cronies on Wall Street, for spending millions to get him elected. And, if Ohio gets ruined by his actions, he really does not care. It just proves that the Bushies seldom fall far from the shrub.

    March 23, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Right Leaning Independent

    Can you believe that Kasich is trying to balance the budget?? Just who does he think he is?? I can not believe he is not willing to spend more money that Ohio does not have!! What is wrong with these Republicans????

    March 23, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Jimm

    It doesn't matter. The GOP does not answer all of the people...just the base. Their fundraising advantage will keep everyone else home.

    March 23, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Jimm

    Elections have consequences. For all you Dems and Independents who stayed home during the mid-terms, you are learning your lesson. Same goes with those in other states.

    March 23, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Josh B. OHIO

    Ohio's tax on liquor sales raised 228 million dollars in revenue (it's original purpose was to help close holes in the state budget). NOW, Gov. Kasich wants to give it away to businesses that don't need it via tax cuts and other preferential treatment. (call it repaying his donors). Eventually, and he(Kasich) did rant about this during his campaign, he will privatize the Ohio Liquor division, possibly and I mean possibly getting a billion dollars for the sale. A short term solution to a long term problem. Gov. Kasich has been very open about privatization of Ohio divisions and programs. He wants to sell of all divisions to eliminate the 8 billion short fall and then leave. That way he can say he balanced the budget, and what will that leave us with in Ohio? Nothing. No funding for education, no funding for anything period.
    The last Republican Gov. we had. lost 150 million dollars in workman's compensation because his business buddy had a good idea (wink-wink) to make that money work for itself instead for just sitting there doing nothing. Former Gov. Taft lost 150 million dollars and we will never get it back.
    I still don't understand why my fellow Ohioans didn't remember what that party did to our state. Now we have someone worse than Taft, worse than a used car salesman.

    March 23, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Jimm

    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.

    ------------------------------------------

    Who says anything is free? Did the middle class cause the states' financial messes? Was it because of teachers, policemen, or nurses? Of course not...then why is the middle class paying for it, while the wealthy do not also pay for it?

    March 23, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. diridi

    do not be color based....go and vote for any democrat....o.k...enough mess by GOP thugs in our nation....

    March 23, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. KD

    I still can't believe that Ohioans after having a 60% approval rating for Strickland still voted in this moron. They deserve his stupid governing for their stupid voting.

    March 23, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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