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Poll: Strickland cutting into Kasich’s lead



Published: Wed, October 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland

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Governor John Kasich

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By MARC KOVAC

mkovac@dixcom.com

COLUMBUS

Gov. Ted Strickland gained some ground but still trails his Republican challenger, John Kasich, in the latest poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The state’s top Democratic officeholder trailed Kasich by 9 points, 50 percent to 41 percent, among likely Ohio voters.

That compares with 54 percent to 37 percent during the institute’s survey last month.

Additionally, only 14 percent of respondents believe Ohio’s economy is getting better, while 45 percent say it is getting worse.

And 53 percent of voters disapprove of Strickland’s work in office, while 58 percent disapprove of his handling of the economy.

“Whether his fault or not, the pessimistic public mood about the economy is a problem for Gov. Ted Strickland and a plus for John Kasich,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the institute, said in a released statement. “The governor’s race has tightened, but Kasich still has a healthy lead with four weeks until Election Day.

“If Gov. Strickland is to mount a comeback, he needs to make a major dent in Kasich’s commanding lead among independent voters, who often make the difference in close elections in Ohio.”

Brown added, “Four weeks is a lifetime in political campaigns, but the governor needs to seize the momentum soon if he is to win a second term.”

Connecticut-based Quinnipiac regularly gauges Ohioans’ views on candidates and issues. It polled 1,025 likely voters over the past week on the gubernatorial election, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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1timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years ago

Keep digging Ted! You'll get there!

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2palbubba(664 comments)posted 4 years ago

There are still 14% that believe the economy is getting better, then why would 41% say they will vote for Strickland. This is why we are always stuck with the same old mess, we expect the mule that dragged us into the mud to drag us out. I say vote for NO incumbents.

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3redvert(2075 comments)posted 4 years ago

The problem is that there are too many voters (both parties) who would never vote for anyone based on that candidate's worth, they must vote a straight party ticket, no matter what. Ytown is a prime example, the voters have voted the democratic ticket for the last fifty years or more and what has it done for them. Afterward, they are the ones that cry the loudest.

Now I certainly will not claim that voting Republican would of solved all the problems but a good mixture of Republican, Democrat and most definitely Independent would of been a much wiser choice.

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4city_dweller(194 comments)posted 4 years ago

I am not going to vote for Kasich just because he is not currently in office. Anti-incumbent voting is no more effective that party-line voting, less so in fact. At least party voters are voting for the candidate who represents their political philosophy.

You need to vote for the person who shares your economic and social values and whose ideas and philosophy you believe are likely to improve the state. For me, that's Strickland. Kasich's ties to Wall Street, Fox News, and Rupert Murdoch indicate that his priorities are not my priorities. I fundamentally disagree with conservative philosophy, and so I'm not going to vote for the candidate whose decisions and priorities will lead to kind of legislation that I believe got us into this national economic mess in the first place.

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