Ohio Gov. John Kasich's job approval is at an all-time high
53 – 32 percent, the first time in two years that he tops 50 percent, according
to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday.
compares to a 42 to 35 percent approval rating for Gov. Kasich in a Dec. 11
survey by the independent Quinnipiac University, the first
time the governor had a positive score.
In an early look at the 2014
reelection race, Gov. Kasich holds 6-point to 10-point leads against each of
the four potential contenders for the Democratic nomination to run against him:
45 to 35 percent over Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald;
44 to 38 percent over U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Director Richard Cordray;
44 to 36 percent over U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan;
45 to 38 percent over former U.S.
Rep. Betty Sutton.
Kasich has a 48 percent favorable, 32
percent unfavorable rating from Ohio voters.
The number of voters who don't know enough about each of his possible
challengers to form an opinion ranges from 62 percent to 80 percent.
Ohio voters say 46 to 36 percent that Kasich
deserves reelection. Supporting
reelection are 81 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of independent voters and
17 percent of Democrats.
"Voter approval of how Kasich is
handling the state budget also has improved, from a split 40 – 40 percent in
December to a positive 45 – 39 percent today," said Brown.
Ohio's U.S. senators, Sherrod Brown
and Rob Portman both get positive reviews from voters. Portman gets a 44 to 24 percent job approval rating, while Brown gets a 51 to 33 percent score.
From February 21 to 26, Quinnipiac
University surveyed 1,011 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1
percentage points. Live interviewers
call land lines and cell phones.