Quinnipiac- Strickland in Serious Trouble
Old Man Joe Hallett delivers the bad news: (And here is the link to Quinnipiac’s press release.)
The poll shows that Strickland is vulnerable to defeat next year by Republican opponents. Former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, who is considering a bid for state attorney general, is in a virtual tie with Strickland, trailing him 41-40. Former U.S. Rep. John Kasich of Westerville, the announced GOP gubernatorial candidate who trailed Strickland in a May 6 Quinnipiac Poll by 19 points, 51-32, now is just five points behind the Democratic governor, 43-38.
In a Republican primary election, Kasich has moved ahead of DeWine, 35-32. In the May 6 poll, DeWine held a 12-point advantage over Kasich.
Today’s poll shows that 46 percent of the 1,259 respondants approve of Strickland’s job performance and 42 percent disapprove, his lowest rating since he took office in January 2007. The result is down 11 points from Strickland’s favorable rating, 57-29, in the May survey.[...]
Troubling signs for Strickland include that Ohio voters by 53-33 disapprove of his handling of the economy, and they disapprove of the way he is handling the state budget by a nearly identical margin, 53-32. And the poll shows that voters feel by 40-34 percent that Strickland has not kept his campaign promises.
What campaign promises were there? There were a few worth noting, but the giant gorilla in the room was always his promise to “fix” the Ohio public education funding system. How’s that coming along, Ted? And who would have voted for him if they would have known Ohio unemployment numbers would double under his leadership? (And remember, those numbers are probably underestimated, as they don’t include people who simply gave up looking for employment.)
Ted Strickland is in trouble, which is why the Ohio Democrat Party has already started campaigning against Kasich in such a negative way that you might think it was already October 2010.
This should also give liberal Mike DeWine pause, as he has less support among all Ohio voters and Republican primary voters than a former central-Ohio Congressman who has been out of politics for a decade. But even with DeWine on the ticket, the Republicans are in a stronger position right now than anyone would have guessed would have been possible just 6 months ago, even with an incoherent Ohio Republican message and unprincipled politicans like Jon Husted working hard to pass Strickland’s legislative agenda.
And also of interest, even though a majority of Ohioans approve of gambling, they oppose Strickland’s proposal as 84% would want to have a vote on it.