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New poll: Ohioans give bad marks to Gov. Kasich and his budget

Published: Wed, March 23, 2011 @ 10:10 a.m.

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters aren't giving high marks to Gov. John Kasich, his budget or Republican plans to curb union power in the state, according to the latest poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Forty-six percent of voters disapprove of the way Kasich ishandling the job, compared only 30 percent who approved of it.

Fifty-three percent of voters believe Kasich's $55.5 billion biennial budget proposal is unfair.

And about half of respondents opposed changes in state law that would limit collective bargaining for public workers.

"Gov. John Kasich has gotten off to a rocky start with Ohio voters, perhaps not surprising given the size of the cuts in public services and state spending that he has proposed," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute, said in a released statement today.

"Although there is almost nothing in these numbers that Kasich can point to as evidence of his

popularity or that of his proposals, he can take solace from the fact that he has almost four years to turn around public opinion."

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