Ohio governor's numbers on the rise
February 28th, 2013
08:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Ohio governor's numbers on the rise

(CNN) - With one year and eight months until he faces re-election, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's poll numbers are headed in the right direction.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, 52% of Buckeye State voters say they approve of the job the Republican governor is doing in office, with 32% saying they disapprove. The 52% approval rating is up 11 points from December and it's an all time high in Quinnipiac polling for Kasich, who was elected governor in 2010.

The survey also indicates that Kasich hold 6 to 10 point leads over each of the four potential contenders for next year's Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

"What a difference a few months make," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Not that long ago, Democrats were licking their lips at the prospect of taking on an unpopular governor who had a disapproval rating in the 50s. Now his job disapproval rating is just 32 percent and his chances of re-election appear to be much better than they were thought to be as recently as December."

If there's any good news for Democrats, it's that Kasich doesn't top 50% in any of the hypothetical 2014 general election matchups.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Feb. 21-26, with 1,011 registered voters in Ohio questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Have Ohio voters forgotten about his war against unions and collective bargaining? Have Ohio voters forgotten his werds following the defeat at polls of his anti-union legislation? Remember what he had said at the time about the anti-union legislation, "It was too much, too soon." Republicans will try it again.

    February 28, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. Jinx9to88

    I wonder if him agreeing to Obamacare has anything to do with his rise? I would have to say yes!! What hypocrite!!!

    February 28, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Yes the Gov.is doing a fine job. he rub some us the worng way at 1st. but he has come around. This is a center right state. No tea party goofs. And no far left Goons.

    February 28, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. freedom

    Besides Bob Woodward (who helped expose Nixon), another individual has come forward, Lanny Davis (who worked for Bill Clinton) that the Washington Times was also threatened that they would not be given access to the White House if his articles continued appearing. Now the 1st amendment is under fire? The president cannot silence its citizens with threats. That's not the free country we live in.

    February 28, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Rosslaw

    Kasich has begun to at least some extent governing as though he actuallly lives on planet earth, recently accepting the Heritage Foundation drafted Romneycare, eh, I mean Obamacare benefits for his own citizens just as though he actually cared about the people of his state. Now if he can resist calls to add 42 more barriers to abortion like an educational, pre-abortion gang rape or the equivalent, or something equally start raving insane, he could well attract "normal" people not obsessed with "getting" their enemies like those evil teachers and fire fighters.

    February 28, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Name lynn

    John you during your best to stay in the race, you do or say anything to get reelected again wow john.

    February 28, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Edwin

    An all-time high of 52%? Not exactly something to cheer about...

    February 28, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. dabchick

    I live in Ohio & if the voters elect this idiot again, they need their heads examined. He won't live in the governor's mansion so we're paying for his place & the mansion. he is one wealthy greedy guy who only cares about business & the wealthy! The Republican legislature here runs roughshod over people! We need a change.

    February 28, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Thomas

    Is Ohio turning red ?

    February 28, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. callmecrazy

    Yes his approval numbers are improving riding the coat-tails of an improving economy, but there are those of us who will always remember Senate Bill 5 and how he tried to break the unions and workers right to collective bargaining. He is a corporate right wing crony that is following GOP orders and does not have the people's interest in mind.

    February 28, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Who cares, he won't get realected and neither will most gop teaparty trash that tried to rig the 2012 vote for the gop and romney the tax cheat !!!!

    February 28, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    This is one of the polls predicting a romney win , garbage !!!!!

    February 28, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. n222s

    And as sure as day follows night, there will be comments here that Kasich is racist, stupid or evil. Having lived in Ohio for his first year in office, we were told that his policies would be disastrous. Of course, we aren't told in this piece of Kasich's successes. Just that his numbers are up. Honestly, what's the point? Unless you provide some context as to why the numbers have improved, it makes this story as meaningful as a sports page that merely provides scores without any stories.

    February 28, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. much thunder.little rain

    ..you mean when a state creates good jobs and cuts taxes they like the leader...what a great idea...

    February 28, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |