POLL: Governor Kasich's approval up, but more still disapprove
Ohio voters disapprove 49–38% of the job Governor John Kasich is doing, compared to 46–30 disapproval in March, while by 54–36% they say that SB 5 should be repealed, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
Registered voters disapprove of Kasich's handling of the state budget 53 – 35% compared to 51 – 31% disapproval in a March 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.
And by 53 – 36% they say the governor's proposals are unfair to people like them, identical to the March 23 survey findings.
"Gov. John Kasich's job approval has ticked up slightly, but he still has a long way to go to get back even to parity among voters," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Most of his increase has come among independents and women voters who have turned slightly less negative on him."
In Wednesday's survey, independent voters disapprove of Kasich's job performance 47 – 37 percent, better than the 49 – 25 percent disapproval in March. Republicans approve 66 – 22 percent compared to 63 – 18 percent in the last survey, while Democrats disapprove 73 – 15 percent compared to 67 – 11 percent in March.
There is still a large gender gap on Kasich: Men split with 44% approving and 46% disapproving, while women disapprove 51 – 33%.
"Although it is a long way until November when opponents of SB 5 hope to ask voters to overturn it, at this point there is strong support for repealing Gov. Kasich's signature plan."
"Not only does he need to rebuild his image, but the governor will need to move a lot of voters over the next six months if he wants his plan to survive," said Brown. "Voters also say they are opposed to several parts of the new law."
Calling for repeal of SB 5 are Democrats 72 – 14 percent and independent voters 56 – 35 percent, while Republicans support the law 58 – 33 percent. Men want repeal 49 – 42 percent, while women back repeal 58 – 31 percent.
Voters say 52 – 38 percent that limiting collective bargaining for public employees is not needed to balance the budget. Looking at specifics of SB 5, Ohio voters:
Oppose 58 – 35 percent banning strikes by public employees;
Support 59 – 34 percent requiring public employees to pay at least 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. Voters in union households split 47 – 46 percent;
Oppose 54 – 38 percent preventing public employee unions from bargaining over health care plans;
Support 58 – 34 percent, including 50 – 43 percent in union households, requiring public workers to pay at least 10 percent of their wages for their pensions;
Support 57 – 35 percent replacing automatic pay increases based on length of service with raises based on merit. Union households are opposed 51 – 44 percent;
Oppose 50 – 45 percent eliminating seniority as the sole factor in layoffs.
Asked about Kasich's proposed cuts in state spending, 42 percent of voters say they go too far; 15 percent say not far enough and 30 percent say they are about right. This is almost identical to the results of the March survey.
Half of the 1,379 registered voters surveyed were asked when it came to balancing the state budget whether only spending should be cut or whether taxes should be raised so there would be fewer spending cuts. Of that group 64 percent said only spending should be cut and 30 percent said taxes should be raised also.
The other half of the survey group was given a choice between just spending cuts or taxes hikes on the wealthy. By 50 – 42 percent this group preferred tax hikes on the wealthy which would reduce the need for spending cuts.
Monday, June 17 2013 9:22 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:22:37 GMT
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