(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.