Talking Points Memo: Poll: Percent Of Ohio Voters Who Disapprove Of New Gov. Doubles

March 23, 2011- Ohio Gov. John Kasich's first term in office is off to a rocky start. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that less than one third of registered voters approve of his job performance.

In the poll, just 30% of Ohio voters said they approved of Kasich's job performance, compared to 46% who said they disapproved. When Quinnipiac polled the state back in January, Kasich also posted a 30% approval rating. But at that time, just 22% of voters disapproved of his job performance, a number that has now more than doubled.

Since taking office this year, Kasich has proposed making deep cuts to the state budget, cuts which critics argue would have the most impact on the state's poorest families. He has also pushed to strip the state's public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights with a bill that, unlike one in Wisconsin, would not exempt public safety and fire unions.

Kasich defeated incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland (D) by in a tight race last year, 49% to 47%. But by mid-March, a PPP poll showed him losing a hypothetical do-over election by a 15-point margin.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted March 15-21 among 1,384 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 2.6%.

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