Poll: Strickland tops incumbent Portman
By Marc Kovac
Former Gov. Ted Strickland outpaced U.S. Sen. Rob Portman among Ohio voters in a new poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The former Democratic congressman and one-term governor snagged 48 percent of the 1,077 registered voters questioned by the Connecticut-based pollsters, versus 39 percent who sided with the Republican incumbent.
“One reason may be that Portman, who is now finishing his first term in the U.S. Senate, is not all that well-known to voters,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the poll, said in a statement. “Only slightly more than half of voters say they know enough to have an opinion of him. Strickland, who has been out of office since 2010, is very well-known. Three-quarters have an opinion, and it is favorable by 20 percentage points.”
Portman is far outpacing Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, with 47 percent to 24 percent.
Quinnipiac regularly gauges Ohioans’ views on candidates and issues. Its latest poll has a margin of error of about 3 percentage points.
The polling institute also questioned voters in Ohio and two other swing states about marijuana use.
In all three, voters strongly favored the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, with 84 percent of Ohioans supporting the move.
The results were tighter for marijuana for personal uses: 52 percent of Ohioans supported allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of the drug. Voters in Florida and Pennsylvania offered comparable responses.
But 84 percent of Ohio voters also said they “definitely” or would “probably” not use marijuana.
Among other results, 61 percent of those polled said they approve of Gov. John Kasich’s work in office.