February 26, 2008 - Ohio Governor's Approval Slips Slightly, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Balk At Strickland Proposals

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Ohio voters approve 56 - 19 percent of the job Gov. Ted Strickland is doing, but they are luke- warm to negative when it comes to his major legislative proposals, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This is down from his all-time high 61 - 15 percent approval rating November 13, 2007.

Republican voters approve 45 - 26 percent of the Democratic Governor, while Democrats approve 63 - 14 percent and independent voters approve 56 - 17 percent.

Gov. Strickland's proposal to borrow $1.7 billion to create jobs in Ohio is a "bad idea," voters say 44 - 40 percent in the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll. A total of 50 percent of voters say it is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" the Governor's stimulus package will create 80,000 new jobs in Ohio, while 44 percent say it is "not too likely" or "not likely at all" to succeed.

By a narrow 49 - 44 percent margin, voters also oppose expanding legalized gambling in Ohio by allowing electronic Keno machines in bars.

By an even larger 70 - 17 percent margin, voters prefer the existing system where a 19- member state board of education makes school decisions, rather than Strickland's plan to have a single person, appointed by the Governor, controlling public education. Even Democrats prefer the current system 67 - 19 percent.

"Gov. Strickland remains highly thought of by most Ohio voters, but his numbers are ticking down slightly," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Although he remains personally popular, that good will Ohioans feel toward him is not matched by their views of his proposals on the economy, gambling and education."

"Voters are skeptical he can do what he proposes when it comes to job creation and are uncomfortable with that much borrowing at a time when the state already has financial problems," Brown added.

The most opposition is to Strickland's plan to revamp the governing structure for K-12 public education. The governor wants to take the power that now resides in a 19-member board, eight members of which he appoints with the 11 others elected. Strickland wants to give control to a state education director that the Governor would appoint.

"The question is how much of his political capital is he willing to expend on some or all of these ideas."

Ohio voters approve 46 - 27 percent of the job U.S. Sen. George Voinovich is doing and approve 44 - 15 percent of the job Sen. Sherrod Brown is doing.

From February 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,853 Ohio voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x271.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as Governor?
                                                                        WtBrnAgn
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Evnglcl
 
Approve                 56%     45%     63%     56%     59%     53%     50%
Disapprove              19      26      14      17      19      19      21
DK/NA                   25      29      22      27      22      28      29
 
                        Cntrl   NrthE   NrthW   SthE    SthW    WstCnt
 
Approve                 66%     52%     54%     70%     50%     52%
Disapprove              13      20      19      11      18      28
DK/NA                   21      27      27      20      32      20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as Governor? * also 61% on 7/11/07
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 25  Nov 13  Sep 5   Jul 11  May 15  Nov 13  Feb 1
                        2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007*   2007
 
Approve                 56      61      58      61      54      61      45
Disapprove              19      15      18      15      16      15      12
DK/NA                   25      24      24      25      30      24      43
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                                        WtBrnAgn
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Evnglcl
 
Approve                 44%     33%     52%     43%     47%     41%     35%
Disapprove              15      22      10      16      16      15      19
DK/NA                   41      45      37      40      36      45      46
 
                        Cntrl   NrthE   NrthW   SthE    SthW    WstCnt
 
Approve                 44%     48%     37%     42%     38%     38%
Disapprove              15      16      18       9      15      17
DK/NA                   41      36      45      49      47      45
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator? * also 47% on 3/21/07 ** also 42% on 2/1/07
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 25  Nov 14  Sep 5   Jul 11  May 15  Nov 14  May 15
                        2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007*   2007**
 
Approve                 44      47      46      44      42      47      42
Disapprove              15      21      21      19      21      21      21
DK/NA                   41      33      33      36      36      33      36
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Voinovich is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                                        WtBrnAgn
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Evnglcl
 
Approve                 46%     55%     40%     47%     48%     45%     47%
Disapprove              27      22      32      27      31      24      24
DK/NA                   27      23      28      26      22      31      29
 
                        Cntrl   NrthE   NrthW   SthE    SthW    WstCnt
 
Approve                 51%     47%     41%     44%     44%     44%
Disapprove              23      31      23      32      22      28
DK/NA                   26      23      36      24      33      28
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Voinovich is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        Feb 25  Nov 14  Sep 5   Jul 11  May 15  Mar 21  Dec 13
                        2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2007    2006
 
Approve                 46      50      47      45      47      51      41
Disapprove              27      29      33      34      34      28      33
DK/NA                   27      21      21      22      19      21      26
 
 
(INTRO TO Q8&9) Governor Strickland has proposed borrowing 1.7 billion dollars to fund an economic stimulus package that he says will create 80,000 jobs in Ohio. 8. How likely do you think it is that Strickland's job stimulus package will create 80,000 jobs in Ohio? Very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not likely at all?
                                                                        WtBrnAgn
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Evnglcl
 
Very likely              7%      4%     10%      6%      9%      5%      6%
Smwht likely            43      33      49      44      40      45      36
Not too likely          29      34      24      29      26      31      32
Not likely at all       15      22      10      15      18      12      17
DK/NA                    7       7       7       6       7       7       9
 
                        Cntrl   NrthE   NrthW   SthE    SthW    WstCnt
 
Very likely              7%      7%      4%     17%      4%      5%
Smwht likely            47      41      43      41      41      42
Not too likely          25      31      25      25      30      30
Not likely at all       14      14      20       9      17      15
DK/NA                    7       7       8       8       7       8
 
 
9. Do you think that borrowing 1.7 billion dollars to create jobs in Ohio is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                                        WtBrnAgn
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Evnglcl
 
Good idea               40%     26%     51%     39%     43%     37%     32%
Bad idea                44      60      32      45      47      41      50
DK/NA                   16      14      17      17      11      21      18
 
                        Cntrl   NrthE   NrthW   SthE    SthW    WstCnt
 
Good idea               40%     41%     35%     59%     35%     36%
Bad idea                41      42      47      31      54      49
DK/NA                   19      17      18      10      11      15
 
 
10. In Ohio the state board of education is made up of 19 members. Governor Strickland wants to appoint a director of education who will make decisions with advice from the board. Who do you think should have control over Ohio's public schools, the 19 member board or a director appointed by the governor?
                                                                        WtBrnAgn
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Evnglcl
 
19 member board         70%     78%     67%     69%     68%     72%     77%
Gov.appoint'd dir.      17      12      19      20      21      14      12
DK/NA                   12      10      14      11      11      13      10
 
                        Cntrl   NrthE   NrthW   SthE    SthW    WstCnt
 
19 member board         70%     70%     68%     68%     70%     75%
Gov.appoint'd dir.      20      17      19      21      15      13
DK/NA                   11      12      13      11      15      12
 
 
11. In order to help reduce the state budget deficit do you support or oppose expanding Ohio's state lottery to include electronic Keno machines in bars?
                                                                        WtBrnAgn
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     Evnglcl
 
Support                 44%     37%     47%     47%     51%     39%     32%
Oppose                  49      57      45      47      44      53      63
DK/NA                    7       5       8       6       5       8       5
 
                        Cntrl   NrthE   NrthW   SthE    SthW    WstCnt
 
Support                 43%     42%     44%     46%     56%     43%
Oppose                  48      50      51      48      40      53
DK/NA                    8       8       6       6       4       4