September 15, 2009 - Ban Cell Phones While Driving, Ohio Voters Say 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov's Approval Inches Up Despite Negative Econ Grades

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Ohio voters support 75 - 23 percent, including 73 - 26 percent among cell phone owners, banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters also support 89 - 9 percent banning text messaging while driving.

Banning hand-held cell phones while driving would improve safety "a great deal," 49 percent say, while 35 percent say there would be "some" safety improvement, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's job approval is up slightly to 48 - 42 percent from 46 - 42 percent July 3. The Democratic incumbent's lead over John Kasich, a likely Republican challenger in the 2010 re-election campaign, is up from 43 - 38 percent to 46 - 36 percent.

But voters disapprove 54 - 33 percent of the way Gov. Strickland is handling the state economy and disapprove 47 - 36 percent of his handling of the state budget.

Voters support legalized casino gambling in Ohio 56 - 37 percent and back gambling initiatives to open casinos in four urban areas and to add video slot machines at racetracks.

"Support for limiting cell phone use while driving has become a motherhood and apple pie issue," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University polling institute.

"Gov. Ted Strickland's slide has stopped and there is a little upward movement in the public's view of him over the summer, but his numbers remain far below where they were before the state's budget impasse," Brown added.

"While final approval of a budget has helped him in the public's eyes, he still bears some political scars from that prolonged fight."

"The Governor remains weak among independents, with a 37 - 52 percent negative job approval, and even lower grades for his handling of the economy and the state budget," Brown added.

"Strickland's 32 - 53 percent rating in July on handling the state budget has improved to 36 - 47 percent, but still remains a political problem for the governor."

In a 2010 reelection matchup with former Congressman and Fox News host Kasich, Democrats back Strickland 81 - 5 percent while Kasich leads 73 - 15 percent among Republicans and inches ahead 39 - 35 percent among independent voters.

"The Governor's lead stems from his holding more than four in five Democrats, a larger share than Kasich gets among Republicans. But Strickland's potential Achilles heel is independents, who tip to Kasich."

Ohio voters support 58 - 37 percent a November ballot proposal to open gambling casinos in the state's four largest metro areas, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo. Democrats support casinos 64 - 32 percent, as do independents 59 - 32 percent, while Republicans are basically split 50 - 48 percent.

Despite support for casinos, 60 percent of Ohio voters say they are not likely or not likely at all to go to a casino.

By a 60 - 34 percent margin, voters support the decision to install 17,500 video slot machines at race tracks around Ohio.

"Gambling opponents, who have beat back previous efforts to bring casinos to Ohio four times, have their work cut out for them if they are to prevail this time," said Brown.

Ohio voters approve 52 - 34 percent of the job U.S. Sen. George Voinovich is doing while Sen. Sherrod Brown gets a 48 - 33 percent approval.

From September 10 - 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,074 Ohio voters, with a margin of error of +/- 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 and RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

3. 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           46%    15%    81%    35%    44%    48%    34%
Kasich               36     73      5     39     39     33     51
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      -      1      4      2      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      1      -      1      1
DK/NA                15     11     12     19     15     16     13
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Strickland           43%    47%    58%    53%    47%    36%
Kasich               42     33     20     33     34     47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      2      2      5      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2      -      -      -
DK/NA                14     16     18      9     17     15
 
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?
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Strickland           46      43      51      51      56
Kasich               36      38      32      31      26
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       1       2       1
DK/NA                15      16      16      15      16
 
 
8. 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            43%    28%    64%    33%    43%    42%    37%
Unfavorable          34     52     15     40     35     33     39
Hvn't hrd enough     20     14     19     24     19     21     19
REFUSED               3      6      1      3      3      4      5
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            47%    42%    61%    46%    35%    33%
Unfavorable          38     34     18     34     32     41
Hvn't hrd enough     12     21     16     21     32     19
REFUSED               3      3      5      -      2      7
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Ted Strickland favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            43      42      53      54      60      47
Unfavorable          34      37      25      26      19      25
Hvn't hrd enough     20      18      18      17      17      26
REFUSED               3       3       3       3       3       2
 
 
9. 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            22%    39%     9%    24%    25%    19%    29%
Unfavorable          10      5     18      6     15      6      9
Hvn't hrd enough     68     55     72     70     60     74     62
REFUSED               -      -      1      -      -      1      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            39%    16%    12%    32%    18%    20%
Unfavorable          24      5     13      2      8      9
Hvn't hrd enough     37     78     74     66     74     71
REFUSED               -      1      1      -      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - John Kasich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            22      26      22      21      21      18
Unfavorable          10       7       7       6       6       8
Hvn't hrd enough     68      66      70      71      71      73
REFUSED               -       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
14. 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              48%    29%    74%    37%    50%    46%    41%
Disapprove           42     62     18     52     42     42     47
DK/NA                10      9      8     11      8     12     12
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              51%    46%    60%    49%    46%    42%
Disapprove           42     45     24     41     42     47
DK/NA                 7     10     16     10     12     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as governor?
                                                             APPROVE.....
                                                             High   Low
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Feb 5  Feb 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009   2007
 
Approve              48      46      57      56      63      63     45
Disapprove           42      42      29      30      25      25     12
DK/NA                10      12      13      13      12      12     43
 
 
15. 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              52%    59%    56%    44%    52%    53%    49%
Disapprove           34     32     26     43     39     29     37
DK/NA                14     10     17     13      9     18     14
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              52%    55%    54%    61%    48%    46%
Disapprove           33     33     34     21     33     43
DK/NA                15     12     12     17     20     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Voinovich is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 55% Feb 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High   Low
                     Sep 15  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   May 6  Dec 13
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*  2006
 
Approve              52      52      55      52      55      55     41
Disapprove           34      29      30      32      29      30     33
DK/NA                14      19      15      16      16      15     26
 
 
16. 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              48%    34%    64%    42%    42%    52%    38%
Disapprove           33     44     20     36     41     26     37
DK/NA                20     23     16     21     17     22     25
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              47%    51%    61%    44%    38%    42%
Disapprove           28     36     23     30     38     33
DK/NA                25     13     16     26     24     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 15  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   May 6   Jul 7
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              48      41      52      48      51      52      41
Disapprove           33      29      24      25      22      24      29
DK/NA                20      30      24      27      27      24      30
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              33%    31%    41%    28%    34%    32%    27%
Disapprove           48     51     41     54     51     46     53
DK/NA                19     18     19     18     14     22     21
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              35%    36%    29%    25%    26%    36%
Disapprove           47     48     41     58     51     48
DK/NA                18     16     30     17     22     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Dec 10  Aug 14  Dec 10  Dec 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2006
 
Approve              33      31      36      46      42      46      25
Disapprove           48      49      40      35      41      35      55
DK/NA                19      20      24      19      17      19      20
 
 
21. 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%     3%     3%     -      3%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      37     30     48     32     38     37     29
Smwht dissatisfied   35     35     35     36     32     37     37
Very dissatisfied    25     32     13     31     27     24     31
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very satisfied        1%     1%     1%     1%     7%     2%
Smwht satisfied      46     32     42     28     41     34
Smwht dissatisfied   34     37     35     41     26     39
Very dissatisfied    19     28     21     29     25     24
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      2      1
 
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
                     Sep 15  Jul 7   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Mar 21  Mar 17
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2007    2009
 
Very satisfied        2       2       4       2       2       5       2
Smwht satisfied      37      31      39      30      31      49      30
Smwht dissatisfied   35      36      32      39      37      28      39
Very dissatisfied    25      30      24      28      28      16      28
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
22. Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  37%    28%    55%    26%    40%    34%    28%
No                   40     52     25     46     39     41     49
DK/NA                23     21     20     28     21     25     23
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Yes                  44%    34%    54%    36%    41%    17%
No                   43     43     23     54     31     44
DK/NA                13     24     23     10     27     39
 
TREND: Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                                                             YES..........
                                                             High    Low
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Aug 14  Jul 3
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2009
 
Yes                  37      34      44      46      46      47      34
No                   40      40      32      30      27      31      40
DK/NA                23      25      24      24      27      22      25
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              33%    21%    51%    26%    38%    29%    24%
Disapprove           54     68     37     64     51     58     64
DK/NA                12     11     12     10     11     13     12
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              30%    30%    54%    35%    38%    27%
Disapprove           59     57     36     55     50     58
DK/NA                11     13     10     10     12     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              33      33      43      39      44
Disapprove           54      53      43      45      37
DK/NA                12      13      15      16      19
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              36%    24%    52%    29%    42%    31%    29%
Disapprove           47     58     33     53     45     49     53
DK/NA                17     17     15     18     14     20     18
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              40%    33%    53%    31%    34%    29%
Disapprove           45     51     30     52     48     51
DK/NA                15     16     17     17     18     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Approve              36      32      43      44      48      41
Disapprove           47      53      40      36      30      31
DK/NA                17      15      17      20      21      29
 
 
26. In general, do you support or oppose legalized casino gambling in Ohio?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              56%    48%    63%    57%    59%    54%    43%
Oppose               37     49     31     33     36     39     53
DK/NA                 6      3      6     10      5      8      4
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Support              48%    64%    49%    44%    62%    49%
Oppose               46     30     42     51     33     41
DK/NA                 6      6      9      5      4     10
 
TREND: In general, do you support or oppose legalized casino gambling in Ohio?
                     Sep 15  Jul 3   Aug 14
                     2009    2009    2008
 
Support              56      60      61
Oppose               37      36      34
DK/NA                 6       4       4
 
 
27. Voters will be asked to approve a plan that would allow gambling casinos to be built in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. Do you support or oppose allowing casinos to be built in those four cities?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Support              58%    50%    64%    59%    60%    55%    44%
Oppose               37     48     32     32     35     39     51
DK/NA                 5      3      4      9      5      6      5
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Support              54%    64%    48%    42%    66%    49%
Oppose               43     31     44     50     32     42
DK/NA                 3      6      8      8      2      9
 
TREND: Voters will be asked to approve a plan that would allow gambling casinos to be built in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. Do you support or oppose allowing casinos to be built in those four cities? (*Voters "may" be asked)
                     Sep 15  Jul 3
                     2009    2009*
 
Support              58      61
Oppose               37      35
DK/NA                 5       3
 
 
28. If the gambling casinos are approved, how likely do you think it is that you would go to one of them - very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very likely          20%    20%    21%    18%    19%    20%    13%
Smwht likely         21     15     22     23     24     17     16
Not too likely       14     13     14     16     15     13     11
Not likely at all    46     52     43     43     41     50     61
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very likely          16%    22%    22%    10%    26%    12%
Smwht likely         16     24     15     13     17     29
Not too likely       18     11     10     16     18     13
Not likely at all    50     42     53     62     39     46
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: If the gambling casinos are approved, how likely do you think it is that you would go to one of them - very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?
                     Sep 15  Jul 3
                     2009    2009
 
Very likely          20      20
Somewhat likely      21      21
Not too likely       14      16
Not likely at all    46      43
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
29. As you may know, the state budget passed this summer by the legislature and signed by the governor allows for up to 17,500 electronic slot machines - sometimes called video lottery terminals - to be installed at Ohio's seven horse race tracks. Do you approve or disapprove of the plan to add these gambling devices?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              60%    53%    68%    60%    65%    56%    44%
Disapprove           34     43     28     31     32     36     52
DK/NA                 6      4      4      9      3      8      5
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              55%    64%    62%    40%    65%    59%
Disapprove           39     30     30     53     30     36
DK/NA                 5      6      8      7      5      4
 
 
30. Have you ever been to one of Ohio's horserace tracks?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  45%    40%    46%    48%    48%    43%    36%
No                   54     60     54     52     52     57     64
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Yes                  51%    48%    51%    18%    54%    26%
No                   48     52     49     81     46     74
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -      -
 
TREND: Have you ever been to one of Ohio's horserace tracks?
                     Sep 15  Jul 3
                     2009    2009
 
Yes                  45      49
No                   54      51
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
31. Would having electronic slot machines make it more likely that you would go to a horserace track in Ohio, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
More likely           9%     9%    11%     7%    11%     8%    10%
Less likely          12     16     12      8     11     13     19
Wouldn't make diff   78     74     77     84     77     78     70
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      -      1
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
More likely          11%    12%    11%    11%     7%     1%
Less likely          13     11     13     18     15     11
Wouldn't make diff   75     77     76     72     77     87
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      -
 
 
32. Do you currently own a cell phone?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  80%    83%    76%    84%    77%    83%
No                   20     17     24     16     23     17
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
33. (If Yes q32) How often do you use a cell phone while driving a car - very often, sometimes, rarely, or never?
                     YES Q32................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very often           10%    14%     6%    10%    13%     7%
Sometimes            25     24     28     20     29     21
Rarely               40     36     40     44     38     41
Never                25     26     26     25     20     30
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
 
34. There is a proposal in the state legislature to prohibit the use of hand- held cell phones while driving. Do you support or oppose making it illegal to use hand-held cell phones while driving?
                                                               Cell
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Owners
 
Support              75%    68%    81%    75%    71%    80%    73%
Oppose               23     31     19     22     28     19     26
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      2      2
 
 
35. Would you support or oppose a bill banning text messaging while driving?
                                                               Cell
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Owners
 
Support              89%    84%    92%    89%    85%    92%    89%
Oppose                9     14      8      8     12      7      9
DK/NA                 2      2      1      3      3      -      2
 
 
36. How much do you think prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones while driving would do to make the roads and highways in Ohio safer - a great deal, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                                                               Cell
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Owners
 
A great deal         49%    45%    56%    44%    44%    53%    46%
Some                 35     34     32     42     38     33     37
Not much             12     15      9     10     14      9     13
Nothing at all        4      6      3      4      4      4      4
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -