By Marc Kovac
Voters continue to show their approval of Gov. John Kasich and his potential re-election in 2014.
In a new poll released Tuesday by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, 54 percent of 941 registered voters questioned over the past week approved of the governor’s work in office, compared with 32 percent who did not.
Kasich also increased his lead over potential Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, with 47 percent backing the governor and 33 percent siding with the Cuyahoga County executive.
And 49 percent of those polled said Kasich deserves a second term, versus 37 percent who said he did not.
The results have a margin of error of about 3 per- centage points.
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s turnaround continues as he builds his re-election campaign,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the polling institute, said in a statement. “The number of people who think he is doing a good job continues to climb incrementally, and his favorable/ unfavorable ratio among voters is impressive. The only bright spot for Democrats in these numbers is that Kasich remains just below the magic 50 percent threshold when voters are asked if he deserves a second term in the governor’s chair. But he is awfully close.”
Connecticut-based Quinnipiac regularly gauges Ohioans’ views of candidates and issues.
Among other results, 52 percent of respondents approved of Kasich’s handling of the economy, and 44 percent believe the economic is improving.
Among the latter, 91 percent credited Kasich versus 63 percent who said President Barack Obama deserved “a lot,” “some” or “a little” of the credit.
“History says that improving economies tend to help incumbents, and that appears to be the case in Ohio’s governor’s race,” Brown said.