Poll: Ohio Gov. Kasich gets first positive score
December 11th, 2012
08:24 AM ET
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Poll: Ohio Gov. Kasich gets first positive score

(CNN) – With less than two years until his re-election, John Kasich's poll numbers appear to be moving in the right direction.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday indicates that for the first time since Ohio's Republican governor was inaugurated in January 2011, a plurality of Buckeye State voters are giving Kasich a thumbs up.

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According to the survey, 42% approve of the job Kasich is doing as governor, with 35% saying they disapprove of his performance. And by a 40%-34% margin, Ohio voters have a favorable opinion of him. The poll suggests Ohio voters’ satisfaction with how life is going in their state is benefiting Kasich.

But by a 43%-36% margin, Ohio voters say Kasich doesn't deserve a second term in office.

Former Gov. Ted Strickland, the one-term Democrat who was defeated by Kasich in the 2010 election, has a 41%-29% favorable rating.

"Things are looking better for Gov. John Kasich," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "But it is not all blue skies as Gov. Kasich enters the last half of his term. He still has work to do to convince voters that he deserves a second term, and there is significant support for a primary challenge to him."

President Barack Obama, who won Ohio by three points over GOP nominee Mitt Romney in last month's election, has a 54%-42% job approval rating among Buckeye State voters. That's well above his ratings over the past two years in Quinnipiac polling in Ohio, which have generally been in the 40's.

According to the survey, 58% of Ohio voters are very or somewhat satisfied with the way things are going in the state, double the number that felt the same way just over a year ago.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted December 4-9, with 1,165 registered voters in Ohio questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I guess the Ohioans have forgotten what Kasich tried to do to the middle class.

    December 11, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. anonoymous

    Too bad hurricanes dont happen in Ohio....the gov could have numbers like NJ'S gov.....lol let's see if Romney speaking for Kasch helps him like Kasch being a surrogate for Romney. boy romney losing messed up alot of republicans running for re election except christie. the only smart rep in the bunch

    December 11, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Interesting survey. 42% – 35% of Ohioans have a favorable job approval opinion of Kasich. Overall, they have a 40% – 35% favorable opinion of Kasich. And by a 43% – 36% margin, Ohio voters say Kasich doesn't deserve a second term in office.

    "Things are looking better for Gov. John Kasich," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute."

    Yes, indeed. Better and better. For the other side.

    December 11, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Rick McDoomsday

    one day these people will wake up and see that governors like Kasich are only trying to save us from Obama and his plan to become a dictator in this nation. Mark my words.

    December 11, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. re: rudy

    rudy, yes, they did forget that the governor has tried to lift ALL boats, not pit 1 class against another, and thereby helping the middle class–AND everyone else–with his policies. they indeed forgot that and voted against that by electing 0bama, who stands in stark opposition to that, who thinks that the only way anyone gets ahead is to tear someone else down. kapisch?

    December 11, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Buckeye1

    Rudy NYC – You mean trying to have the public sector pay their fair share like we private sector employees do? You mean actually paying for insurance liked the rest of us do? Or how about "step increases" when some employees stink at their job? The unions used scare tactics to get their way. Just because you're in a union doesn't make you the only middle class worker. Unfortunately, obama won Ohio because of what John Kasich has accomplished that ted couldn't.

    December 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. alien

    Kasich is a member and pawn of big money interests, as most all repubes are. Out for more money to line their pockets than to serve those that elected you and support you and your family on our dime.

    December 11, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    I disapprove this idiot altogether. I approve this message.

    December 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Squigman

    Positive score from where? The results of a G.E.D. maybe. Can't imagine where else it would come from. Oh yeah, a news media wanting to catch ratings, as opposed to facts.

    December 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Buckeye1 wrote:

    Rudy NYC – You mean trying to have the public sector pay their fair share like we private sector employees do? You mean actually paying for insurance liked the rest of us do? Or how about "step increases" when some employees stink at their job?
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    What does any of that have to do with the reasons why Medicare and Social Security exist in the first place? Nothing.

    Why did the policy of allowing some public sector employees to not pay Medicare/SSI begin in the first place? Because of the low wages that they were being paid compared to the private sector, which was BEFORE the rise of public sector unions and higher public sector wages. Personally, I think the time for the public sector waver on some taxes to come to an end, most especially if the workers ARE unionized.

    December 11, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. plain&simple

    Riding the coattails of a good economy in Ohio....due to what? His leadership? Or the presidents? Who decided to bailout and save the auto industries? So the governor is good at being in the right place at the right time and the voting public still doesn't think he's earned a second term.....that's things looking up?

    December 11, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. pcalif

    He will be doing everything to be a good boy but it won't last. We need to rid OH of Kasich and his Secretary of State as well as every Governor who aided, abetted and attempted voter suppression and union destruction. Voter suppression is not patriotic and goes against everything Americans fought for.

    December 11, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. ghostriter

    You folks don't know the whole story about the pension fund.

    Prior to 2008, the pension was fine. Then they had the bright idea to invest in on Wall St. Right before the crash. Kasich walks in and decides the employees need to pay more, even though it was not them that decided to gamble the money away. Who's idea was it? Kasich, when he worked for Goldman.

    December 11, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Aaaaah, ad revenue, the new arbiter of truth.

    December 11, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. anonymous

    amazing, isn't it ? wisconsin voted for a republican (governor) – and they ended up with a "right to work" problem – Michigan ends up electing a republican governor, and they end up with a "right to work" problem – OHIO has elected a republican Governor also –

    Is this a trend ? makes one wonder . does it mean that the unions are getting extinct ? or will we have a "right to work" claus , in all 50 states, in another 10 – 15 yrs ?

    Anybody ??

    December 11, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Democrats ONLY vote party.......and not the man. They will vote in a sorry Democratic Governor........over a good Republican governor, just to have a Democrat.

    It happens in every single Democratic state in the union. Especially, in CA, and NY.

    December 11, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. James Bond

    It means that big money in politics is corrupting our country, rick scott, ran the biggest medicade fraud ever, now a governer, and wildly unpopular, just like snyder, he will not win again. these guys are crooks for the rich, and i have no idea how they get elected, people belive their bs, vote them in, and promptly get screwed. fools

    December 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    re: rudy

    rudy, yes, they did forget that the governor has tried to lift ALL boats, not pit 1 class against another, and thereby helping the middle class–AND everyone else–with his policies. they indeed forgot that and voted against that by electing 0bama, who stands in stark opposition to that, who thinks that the only way anyone gets ahead is to tear someone else down. kapisch?
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    Unfortunately, Kapsich didn't try to help the middle class. Spin again. Name one thing that he did to help the middle class. After Ohioans voted down his union busting law he replied, "Perhaps it was too much, too soon." Look at what Kasich led Republicans did to the rights of citizens to vote, they tried their best to suppress their rights. It would seem that you've forgotten more than Ohioans.

    December 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. James Bond

    Right to work ads in michigan claim to create good jobs, while protecting your right to collective bargaining. simply trying to get you to hang yourself. RTW states boast the lowezt wages, but they dont tell you that, whens the last time a rich guy did anything for you, greedy pigs, not all but most

    December 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |