March 17, 2009 - Ohio Gov. Strickland's Approval Slips, But Still Strong, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Disapprove Of One-Shot Budget Stopgaps

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Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland still has a solid 56 - 30 percent job approval rating, but his support is down from 63 - 25 percent in a February 5 survey. Also dropping is public approval of a number of his education and budget proposals, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Ohio voters disapprove 45 - 39 percent of the way Gov. Strickland is handling the state's economy, a first for him, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

Ohio voters, by a narrow 46 - 43 percent margin, don't like Gov. Strickland's plan to use one-time only funds to meet the state's budget gap. By a 75 - 21 percent margin, voters support the proposal that will be on their November ballot to give those who served in the armed forces during recent wars up to a $1,000 bonus. Voters also support 64 - 29 percent the Governor's plan to resume passenger train service between the state's big cities.

"Gov. Strickland's numbers are down from a net 38 percent positive to a net 26 percent rating in six weeks. The movement is not large, but the fact that support for a number of his proposals and his handling of the economy is off that much and more is an indication that the public anxiety over the economy is taking its toll on his support," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The numbers themselves are not something that the Governor needs to worry about, but the trend, if it were to continue, could create a political problem for him."

"These numbers are the first indication that Ohio voters are beginning to blame Gov. Strickland for the bad economy, with only 39 percent of voters approving his performance on the economy and 45 disapproving. In Quinnipiac University's last poll, February 5, his rating on the economy was a positive 44 - 37 percent," said Brown.

"His support is weakest among those with lower incomes, less education and younger voters, who made up the Democratic coalition that elected him governor and Barack Obama President," added Brown. "The one positive change for Strickland is that support for his plan to lengthen the school year from 180 days to 200 days over ten years has increased from 51 percent to 55 percent."

Compared to the February 5 survey, voters are liking the Governor's education proposals less as time passes. Then, by 42 - 22 percent voters believed that the Governor's plan would improve education in Ohio. Now, it's almost a wash, with 31 percent thinking that same way, 29 percent saying no, and 40 percent not sure.

Despite the Governor's pledge that his education plan won't raise taxes, three-quarters of voters expect to pay more in levies, compared to 69 percent who felt that way last month. Almost that many, 70 percent, think Ohio should require all students to pass the same statewide test to graduate, up from 66 percent in February. Strickland wants to eliminate the Ohio Graduation Test as a requirement to get a high school diploma and replace it with a series of other requirements.

"Strickland's decision to use roughly $7 billion from the federal stimulus package and the state's rainy day fund to close the budget gap does not sit well with voters," said Brown. "The Republican criticism that he is putting off dealing with the problem and that the state will face even harder times when that money is not available is striking a chord with many voters."

Despite the drop in public support for his programs and his job performance, Strickland remains in good shape for re-election, the poll shows. In mythical trial heats he remains ahead of the two leading candidates for the Republican nomination to oppose him in 2010. Strickland leads former Congressman and Fox News host John Kasich 51 - 31 percent and former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine 50 - 34 percent.

In a GOP primary for that nomination, DeWine leads Kasich 32 - 27 percent, a closer race than in February when DeWine led 37 - 22 percent.

From March 10- 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,299 Ohio voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. The survey includes 463 Republicans, with a margin of error of +/-4.6 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 and RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. (If registered Republican) As you may know there will be an election for governor in Ohio in 2010. Thinking about the Republican primary for governor, if the 2010 Republican primary for governor were being held today and the candidates were John Kasich, Mike DeWine and Kevin Coughlin, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Reps
 
Kasich               27%
DeWine               32
Coughlin              2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1
DK/NA                37
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) As you may know there will be an election for governor in Ohio in 2010. Thinking about the Republican primary for governor, if the 2010 Republican primary for governor were being held today and the candidates were John Kasich, Mike DeWine and Kevin Coughlin, for whom would you vote? (*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list)
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009*
 
Kasich               27      22
DeWine               32      37
Coughlin              2       3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       -
DK/NA                37      37
 
 
4. If the 2010 election for governor were being held today and the candidates were Ted Strickland the Democrat and John Kasich the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Strickland           51%    16%    87%    47%    49%    54%    38%
Kasich               31     68      3     25     35     27     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      1      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      2      2      1      1
DK/NA                15     14      8     25     13     18     15
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Strickland           50%    53%    54%    60%    49%    47%
Kasich               39     26     30     24     26     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      2      3      0
DK/NA                 8     19     13     14     21     12
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for governor were being held today and the candidates were Ted Strickland the Democrat and John Kasich the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Strickland           51      56
Kasich               31      26
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1
DK/NA                15      16
 
 
5. If the 2010 election for governor were being held today and the candidates were Ted Strickland the Democrat and Mike DeWine the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Strickland           50%    12%    86%    48%    47%    53%    37%
DeWine               34     73      6     28     38     31     49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      -      2      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      2      3      1      2
DK/NA                12     12      6     20     11     14     11
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Strickland           52%    50%    50%    63%    46%    47%
DeWine               35     31     36     25     35     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      1      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      3      3      2      3      -
DK/NA                 8     15     10     10     14     10
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for governor were being held today and the candidates were Ted Strickland the Democrat and Mike DeWine the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Strickland           50      54
DeWine               34      32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       1
DK/NA                12      11
 
 
10. Is your opinion of -- Ted Strickland favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            54%    28%    78%    55%    53%    55%    44%
Unfavorable          26     49      7     26     32     22     35
Hvn't hrd enough     17     19     15     16     13     20     19
REFUSED               3      4      1      3      2      4      2
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            55%    55%    53%    60%    57%    45%
Unfavorable          26     25     28     23     24     33
Hvn't hrd enough     16     18     17     12     15     19
REFUSED               2      2      1      6      4      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Ted Strickland favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            54      60      47
Unfavorable          26      19      25
Hvn't hrd enough     17      17      26
REFUSED               3       3       2
 
 
11. Is your opinion of -- Mike DeWine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            40%    58%    30%    38%    42%    39%    48%
Unfavorable          25     16     31     27     29     22     19
Hvn't hrd enough     32     23     38     34     28     35     31
REFUSED               3      3      2      1      2      3      2
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            37%    40%    50%    23%    38%    50%
Unfavorable          26     24     26     32     31     19
Hvn't hrd enough     36     35     20     44     25     27
REFUSED               2      2      3      1      5      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- Mike DeWine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            40      45      43
Unfavorable          25      23      24
Hvn't hrd enough     32      30      32
REFUSED               3       2       1
 
 
12. Is your opinion of -- John Kasich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            21%    39%     9%    19%    27%    16%    27%
Unfavorable           6      3     10      6     10      4      4
Hvn't hrd enough     71     58     81     73     62     79     68
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            42%    16%    18%    28%    13%    15%
Unfavorable           8      7      3     10      5      6
Hvn't hrd enough     49     76     77     58     80     78
REFUSED               -      1      2      4      2      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of -- John Kasich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            21      21      18
Unfavorable           6       6       8
Hvn't hrd enough     71      71      73
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
13. Is your opinion of -- Kevin Coughlin favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable             4%     4%     3%     4%     4%     3%     2%
Unfavorable           2      1      2      4      4      1      3
Hvn't hrd enough     92     94     94     90     91     94     94
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      1      2      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable             4%     4%     6%     3%     4%     1%
Unfavorable           2      4      4      1      1      -
Hvn't hrd enough     94     90     89     95     93     99
REFUSED               -      1      1      2      2      1
 
TREND:Is your opinion of -- Kevin Coughlin favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Favorable             4       5%
Unfavorable           2       3
Hvn't hrd enough     92      91
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
20. 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%    31%    81%    54%    53%    59%    48%
Disapprove           30     54      9     30     36     25     38
DK/NA                13     15     10     16     11     15     14
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              57%    57%    56%    60%    58%    51%
Disapprove           33     28     29     26     30     36
DK/NA                11     15     15     13     12     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             Highest Lowest
                                                             Approve Approve
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10  Aug 14  Jun 4   Feb 5  Feb 1
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2009   2007
 
Approve              56      63      54      60      55      63     45
Disapprove           30      25      25      25      23      25     12
DK/NA                13      12      22      15      23      12     43
 
 
26. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Ohio today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     3%     1%     1%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      30     24     39     26     28     33     29
Smwht dissatisfied   39     42     34     43     39     38     40
Very dissatisfied    28     32     22     30     31     26     28
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      1      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     3%     2%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      30     28     23     40     37     33
Smwht dissatisfied   42     40     31     26     42     36
Very dissatisfied    25     30     44     30     18     27
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      1      2
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Ohio today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11  Aug 14  Jun 4   Mar 21  Mar 17
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2007    2009
 
Very satisfied        2       2       3       3       4       5       2
Smwht satisfied      30      31      30      36      36      49      30
Smwht dissatisfied   39      37      35      37      33      28      39
Very dissatisfied    28      28      31      23      26      16      28
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
27. Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  46%    31%    62%    43%    46%    46%    40%
No                   30     41     16     34     34     25     30
DK/NA                24     28     22     22     20     28     30
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Yes                  48%    44%    46%    58%    48%    41%
No                   28     32     31     26     29     25
DK/NA                24     23     23     17     23     35
 
TREND: Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11  Aug 14  Jun 4
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008
 
Yes                  46      46      44      47      46
No                   30      27      26      31      30
DK/NA                24      27      30      22      24
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              39%    20%    57%    37%    40%    38%    30%
Disapprove           45     63     28     48     47     44     51
DK/NA                16     17     15     15     13     18     19
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              42%    39%    39%    56%    36%    33%
Disapprove           44     45     48     34     47     49
DK/NA                14     16     14     10     17     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              34%    33%    46%    38%    39%    47%    35%    50%
Disapprove           51     52     38     44     47     44     48     37
DK/NA                15     16     16     18     15     10     17     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              39      44%
Disapprove           45      37
DK/NA                16      19
 
 
39. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              44%    27%    62%    42%    47%    42%    36%
Disapprove           36     51     17     41     38     34     41
DK/NA                20     22     20     18     15     25     23
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              48%    46%    41%    53%    43%    36%
Disapprove           35     36     37     32     40     34
DK/NA                18     19     22     15     18     30
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Approve              44      48      41
Disapprove           36      30      31
DK/NA                20      21      29
 
 
40. To balance the state budget next year, if you had to choose, which would you prefer - raising taxes to keep state services at their current level or Cutting state services to keep taxes at their current level?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Raising taxes        32%    20%    43%    31%    30%    35%    24%
Cutting services     56     71     42     57     60     51     67
DK/NA                12      8     15     11     10     14     10
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Raising taxes        41%    29%    28%    25%    35%    33%
Cutting services     51     55     55     66     55     61
DK/NA                 8     16     17      8     10      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Raising taxes        44%    30%    30%    34%    32%    34%    30%    41%
Cutting services     46     62     55     51     60     61     57     53
DK/NA                 9      8     16     15      7      5     14      6
 
TREND: To balance the state budget next year, if you had to choose, which would you prefer - raising taxes to keep state services at their current level or cutting state services to keep taxes at their current level?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Raising taxes        32      30      24
Cutting services     56      59      62
DK/NA                12      12      13
 
 
41. Governor Strickland has ruled out raising state taxes to alleviate Ohio's budget situation. Do you agree with him that taxes should not be raised, or do you think that some tax increase should be considered?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
No tax increase      56%    71%    45%    53%    57%    54%    64%
Consider increase    42     28     52     45     41     43     33
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      2      3      3
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
No tax increase      43%    58%    62%    62%    58%    56%
Consider increase    55     39     37     37     40     42
DK/NA                 2      3      1      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
No tax increase      39%    59%    60%    51%    60%    55%    57%    52%
Consider increase    58     40     37     47     39     43     41     46
DK/NA                 3      1      3      2      1      1      2      2
 
TREND: Governor Strickland has ruled out raising state taxes to alleviate Ohio's budget situation. Do you agree with him that taxes should not be raised, or do you think that some tax increase should be considered?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11
                     2009    2009    2008
 
No tax increases     56      57      64
Consider increases   42      39      33
DK/NA                 2       3       3
 
 
42. Governor Strickland has offered a new education plan for Ohio that would affect how schools are funded, how students are taught and how teachers are trained. How much have you heard or read about Strickland's new education plan? A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
A lot                10%     9%     7%    12%    11%     9%     9%
Some                 29     30     29     28     26     31     31
Not much             34     34     37     31     36     32     34
Nothing              28     27     27     29     27     28     25
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                                               KidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
A lot                10%    10%    11%     6%    10%     8%     8%
Some                 24     30     28     32     27     33     33
Not much             38     31     42     36     32     30     30
Nothing              28     29     19     25     31     28     30
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
A lot                 7%     9%    11%     7%    11%    13%     7%    16%
Some                 27     27     30     25     32     34     26     39
Not much             35     31     35     37     32     29     35     29
Nothing              31     33     24     30     24     23     32     16
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Governor Strickland has offered a new education plan for Ohio that would affect how schools are funded, how students are taught and how teachers are trained. How much have you heard or read about Strickland's new education plan? A lot, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
A lot                10      11
Some                 29      32
Not much             34      31
Nothing              28      25
DK/NA                 -       1
 
 
43. Do you think Governor Strickland's plan will improve education in Ohio or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  31%    22%    42%    30%    32%    31%    26%
No                   29     41     14     31     31     27     36
DK/NA                40     37     44     39     37     42     38
 
                                                               KidsIn Heard
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch Lot&SmQ42
 
Yes                  32%    33%    30%    43%    27%    25%    31%    49%
No                   30     27     29     19     33     34     29     39
DK/NA                38     40     41     38     40     41     40     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  38%    25%    33%    33%    28%    26%    31%    32%
No                   23     35     27     26     31     35     27     35
DK/NA                39     40     40     40     42     39     42     34
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Strickland's plan will improve education in Ohio or not?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  31      42
No                   29      22
DK/NA                40      36
 
 
44. Governor Strickland has said that he will raise the amount of money that the state gives local school districts, but he will not raise state taxes to pay for it. Local districts would be allowed to raise taxes, but they would not have to. If the Governor's plan goes into effect, do you think you will pay more taxes to support education than you are paying now or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes/Will             74%    81%    69%    72%    77%    70%    77%
No/ Will not         18      9     22     22     15     20     16
DK/NA                 9     10      9      6      8     10      8
 
                                                               KidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Yes/Will             71%    72%    77%    74%    73%    79%    80%
No/ Will not         20     18     14     16     18     15     16
DK/NA                 8     10      9     10      9      6      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes/Will             76%    75%    72%    71%    79%    79%    73%    77%
No/ Will not         19     17     17     19     15     14     18     17
DK/NA                 6      8     11     10      6      7     10      7
 
TREND: Governor Strickland has said that he will raise the amount of money that the state gives local school districts, but he will not raise state taxes to pay for it. Local districts would be allowed to raise taxes, but they would not have to. If the Governor's plan goes into effect, do you think you will pay more taxes to support education than you are paying now or not?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Yes/Will             74      69
No/Will not          18      22
DK/NA                 9       9
 
 
45. Would you be willing to pay more in taxes to increase the amount of money that goes to schools in Ohio or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  45%    37%    55%    43%    42%    48%    42%
No                   52     62     42     52     55     49     56
DK/NA                 3      2      3      5      4      3      2
 
                                                               KidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Yes                  48%    44%    41%    54%    43%    45%    53%
No                   48     53     58     46     54     49     44
DK/NA                 3      4      1      -      3      6      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  68%    40%    39%    46%    46%    46%    42%    54%
No                   28     57     58     50     50     53     54     44
DK/NA                 5      2      4      4      4      1      4      2
 
TREND: Would you be willing to pay more in taxes to increase the amount of money that goes to schools in Ohio or not?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  45      51
No                   52      45
DK/NA                 3       5
 
 
46. In general, do you think the requirements for graduation from Ohio's public high schools are too strict, not strict enough, or about right?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Too strict            6%     3%     9%     7%     4%     8%     6%
Not strict enough    44     45     39     50     51     38     41
About right          41     46     45     33     38     44     46
DK/NA                 8      6      8      9      7      9      7
 
                                                               KidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Too strict           10%     4%     9%     6%     4%     8%     9%
Not strict enough    38     45     39     54     52     45      30
About right          44     41     43     33     39     42      56
DK/NA                 8     10      9      7      5      5       5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Too strict           10%     7%     4%     9%     3%     1%     7%     4%
Not strict enough    43     40     48     42     51     46     44     44
About right          42     48     36     39     43     47     41     43
DK/NA                 5      5     11     11      3      6      8      9
 
TREND. In general, do you think the requirements for graduation from Ohio's public high schools are too strict, not strict enough, or about right?
                     Mar 17 Feb 5
                     2009   2009 
                            
Too strict            6      9  
Not strict enough    44     38   
About right          41     45   
DK/NA                 8      8
 
 
47. Currently, students must pass the same statewide exam, the Ohio Graduation Test, to graduate from high school. Do you think that Ohio should require all students to pass the same statewide test to graduate or don't you think so?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  70%    78%    68%    67%    73%    68%    69%
No                   25     19     26     29     21     28     25
DK/NA                 5      3      6      4      6      4      6
 
                                                               KidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Yes                  66%    71%    74%    66%    67%    78%    71%
No                   28     23     23     30     28     20     27
DK/NA                 6      6      3      4      5      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  62%    71%    73%    70%    71%    72%    73%    63%
No                   33     26     20     24     26     26     22     33
DK/NA                 5      3      6      6      3      2      5      5
 
TREND: Currently, students must pass the same statewide exam, the Ohio Graduation Test, to graduate from high school. Do you think that Ohio should require all students to pass the same statewide test to graduate or don't you think so?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  70      66
No                   25      30
DK/NA                 5       5
 
 
48. Governor Strickland wants to increase the school year in Ohio from its current 180 days to 200 days. The increase would take effect over a 10-year period. Do you support or oppose increasing the school year to 200 days?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              55%    45%    61%    58%    56%    54%    49%
Oppose               39     49     33     37     39     40     47
DK/NA                 6      6      6      5      5      7      4
 
                                                               KidsIn
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt PubSch
 
Support              57%    53%    62%    52%    53%    54%    50%
Oppose               39     39     32     42     42     40     47
DK/NA                 4      8      6      6      5      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Support              55%    54%    56%    56%    56%    54%    54%    57%
Oppose               42     40     37     38     39     42     40     37
DK/NA                 3      6      7      6      6      4      6      5
 
TREND: Governor Strickland wants to increase the school year in Ohio from its current 180 days to 200 days. The increase would take effect over a 10-year period. Do you support or oppose increasing the school year to 200 days?
                     Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009
 
Support              55      51
Oppose               39      42
DK/NA                 6       7
 
 
49. To balance the state budget Governor Strickland's 2 year proposal uses about 7 billion dollars of federal and state money that will only be available this year. Which comes closer to your point of view: using one-time money to balance the budget is a bad idea because it will lead to a larger deficit in the future or using one-time money to balance the budget is a good idea because it will reduce the deficit right now?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Bad idea             46%    60%    35%    44%    52%    40%    55%
Good idea            43     32     56     41     40     46     32
DK/NA                11      8     10     15      8     14     13
 
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Bad idea             44%    45%    51%    36%    48%    48%
Good idea            46     44     39     46     42     40
DK/NA                10     12     10     17     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Bad idea             56%    49%    39%    43%    50%    53%    45%    47%
Good idea            37     44     45     45     39     43     43     44
DK/NA                 7      7     16     12     11      4     12      9
 
 
50. Voters this November will be asked to approve state paid bonuses of up to 1,000 dollars each for people who served in the armed forces during recent wars or for their surviving families. The state will borrow about 200 million dollars to fund this program. Do you support or oppose 1,000 dollar bonuses for veterans and their families?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              75%    71%    81%    74%    78%    73%    74%
Oppose               21     25     15     23     19     23     23
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      3      4      3
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Support              75%    75%    76%    83%    76%    74%
Oppose               22     22     18     16     23     21
DK/NA                 3      4      7      1      1      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Support              81%    73%    74%    79%    73%    71%    78%    67%
Oppose               15     23     22     19     23     26     19     28
DK/NA                 4      4      3      3      4      4      3      5
 
 
51. Governor Strickland is proposing passenger train service between Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Good idea            64%    56%    75%    59%    62%    65%    57%
Bad idea             29     38     18     33     33     26     37
DK/NA                 7      6      7      8      5      9      7
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Good idea            52%    70%    60%    62%    66%    65%
Bad idea             41     23     32     32     31     26
DK/NA                 7      8      7      6      3      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Good idea            73%    62%    61%    66%    60%    65%    63%    67%
Bad idea             19     33     31     25     35     33     30     28
DK/NA                 9      5      8      9      5      2      8      5
 
 
52. If train service between these cities is established, how likely would you be to use it - very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not likely at all?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very likely          18%    12%    24%    18%    18%    19%    11%
Smwht likely         28     25     31     29     29     26     25
Not too likely       14     17     10     15     13     14     15
Not likely at all    39     46     35     37     40     39     49
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very likely          19%    19%    15%     7%    20%    18%
Smwht likely         22     33     29     16     24     29
Not too likely       12     14     10     17     16     14
Not likely at all    46     33     43     59     40     39
DK/NA                 -      1      2      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Very likely          21%    20%    16%    17%    18%    24%    16%    24%
Smwht likely         31     29     25     29     26     33     27     31
Not too likely       15     12     14     14     16     11     13     15
Not likely at all    33     38     43     40     40     31     43     29
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      -      1      1