May 6, 2009 - Ohio Voters 2-1 Aren't Worried About Swine Flu, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Strickland, Dem Senate Candidates Are Ahead For 2010

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A total of 72 percent of Ohio voters are "not too worried" or "not worried at all" that someone in their family will catch swine flu, and voters say 67 - 31 percent that the media's reaction to swine flu has been "overblown," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. More affluent and educated voters are more likely to see media coverage as overblown.

Only 23 percent of men and 32 percent of women are "very worried" or "somewhat worried" that they or someone close to them will get the flu, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. And voters say 59 - 35 percent that government reaction to the flu has been "justified" rather than "overblown."

President Barack Obama gets a 62 - 31 percent overall approval rating, while Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland's approval is 57 - 29 percent.

But only 31 percent say Gov. Strickland's education reform plan will improve education in Ohio and only 19 percent of Ohioans think his plan treats all school districts equally. And 74 percent of voters expect to pay more taxes if Gov. Strickland's plan takes effect.

Strickland remains a big favorite for re-election in 2010 and the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. George Voinovich leans Democratic at this point, regardless of which of the two leading candidates - Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher or Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner - wins the party nomination.

"Ohio voters don't seem all that worried about the flu scare at this point," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "They think the government has acted appropriately, but they think the media coverage has been over the top. Interestingly, women are more likely to be worried than men."

"President Obama's approval rating among Ohio voters has gone from 67 - 16 percent February 6 to 57 - 33 percent March 18, and back to 62 - 31 percent today, with the main shift coming from independent voters who still are taking stock of the new President," said Brown.

"The Governor's education plan certainly hasn't caught fire with the electorate and to some degree it is telling that despite his strong popularity, he hasn't been able to get his message across to voters," said Brown. "Critics who say his plan is taking away too much decision-making power from local school officials may be hitting the mark: 39 percent agree Strickland is taking too much power from local officials, 29 percent disagree and 32 percent aren't sure."

Neither of the major Republicans considering challenging Strickland next year is close to him in the polls. The Governor would defeat former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine 48 - 36 percent and former Congressman John Kasich 51 - 32 percent. But the GOP might see Strickland's handling of the economy as a potential area to criticize the governor since voters are split 43 - 43 percent on whether they approve of his handling of the issue.

In a GOP gubernatorial primary, DeWine would prevail over Kasich 35 - 23 percent.

In the Senate race, the Democratic nomination is up for grabs with Fisher getting 20 percent in a hypothetical primary, Brunner 16 percent, state lawmaker Tyrone Yates 4 percent and 59 percent not sure. On the GOP side, former Congressman and cabinet member Rob Portman would get 29 percent to State Auditor Mary Taylor's 8 percent and Cleveland area car dealer Tom Ganley's 8 percent, with 54 percent unsure.

Fisher would defeat Portman 42 - 31 percent and Taylor 41 - 29 percent, while Brunner would defeat Taylor 38 - 29 percent and Portman 40 - 32 percent.

"At this point, the Senate candidates all are largely unknown to Ohio voters, even though some of them have been on the political scene for some time," said Brown.

From April 28 - May 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,079 Ohio voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. The survey includes 398 Republicans, with a margin of error of +/-4.9 percentage points, and 437 Democrats with a margin of error of +/-4.7 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
                     Rep
 
Kasich               23%
DeWine               35
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
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009*
 
Kasich               23      27      22
DeWine               35      32      37
Coughlin              2       2       3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       -
DK/NA                37      37      37
 
 
2. (If registered Republican) As you may know, Ohio Senator George Voinovich will not be running for reelection in 2010. Thinking about the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator, if the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Portman, Mary Taylor and Tom Ganley, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Rep
 
Portman              29%
Taylor                8
Ganley                8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1
DK/NA                54
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) As you may know, Ohio Senator George Voinovich will not be running for reelection in 2010. Thinking about the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator, if the 2010 Republican primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rob Portman, Mary Taylor and Tom Ganley, for whom would you vote? (*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list)
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009*
 
Portman              29      31      33
Taylor                8      14      11
Ganley                8      na      na
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       -
DK/NA                54      52      56
 
 
3. (If registered Democrat) Thinking about the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator, if the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher, Jennifer Brunner and Tyrone Yates, for whom would you vote?
                     Reg
                     Dem
 
Fisher               20%
Brunner              16
Yates                 4
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1
DK/NA                59
 
TREND: (If registered Democrat) Thinking about the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator, if the 2010 Democratic primary for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher, Jennifer Brunner and Tyrone Yates, for whom would you vote?(*Someone Else & Wouldn't Vote volunteered options not in option list / na=not asked)
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRAT
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009*
 
Fisher               20      18      18
Brunner              16      14      16
Yates                 4       6      na
Ryan                 na      12      14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       -
DK/NA                59      46      53
 
 
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%    11%    89%    43%    48%    54%    37%
Kasich               32     74      5     28     35     29     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      -      1      -      1      -
DK/NA                16     15      5     26     15     16     18
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Strickland           47%    57%    46%    52%    52%    41%
Kasich               45     26     27     31     32     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      -      -      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      -      -      1      -
DK/NA                 7     15     26     16     15     21
 
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?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Strickland           51      51      56
Kasich               32      31      26
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       1
DK/NA                16      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           48%     9%    85%    41%    46%    50%    33%
DeWine               36     76      9     33     37     36     50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      2      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      2      2      1      1
DK/NA                14     12      6     22     13     14     16
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Strickland           43%    54%    40%    54%    49%    42%
DeWine               45     31     33     30     36     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      -      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      1      -      1      2
DK/NA                11     13     25     16     12     11
 
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?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Strickland           48      50      54
DeWine               36      34      32
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       1
DK/NA                14      12      11
 
 
6. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Fisher               42%    10%    78%    29%    42%    42%    26%
Portman              31     70      4     28     33     28     44
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      2      2      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      -      1      -      1      1
DK/NA                26     19     16     40     23     28     30
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Fisher               44%    47%    32%    41%    34%    40%
Portman              30     24     33     27     50     28
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      2      -      -      5
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                25     27     32     32     15     27
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Fisher               42      41      42
Portman              31      33      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -       2       1
DK/NA                26      24      29
 
 
7. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Mary Taylor the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Fisher               41%     9%    77%    26%    40%    41%    23%
Taylor               29     66      6     24     30     29     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      2      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      -      1      2      1      1
DK/NA                28     22     16     46     27     29     35
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Fisher               38%    47%    37%    36%    35%    35%
Taylor               30     26     33     29     34     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      -      3      -
DK/NA                31     25     29     34     28     32
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Lee Fisher the Democrat and Mary Taylor the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Fisher               41      41      41
Taylor               29      31      27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       1
DK/NA                28      25      30
 
 
8. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Mary Taylor the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Brunner              38%     5%    75%    28%    36%    40%    26%
Taylor               29     67      4     24     33     26     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      2      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
DK/NA                31     26     20     46     29     32     31
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Brunner              40%    41%    43%    38%    29%    37%
Taylor               32     27     25     27     35     28
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                27     30     31     33     36     32
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Mary Taylor the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Brunner              38      38      38
Taylor               29      31      26
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       2
DK/NA                31      28      33
 
 
9. If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Brunner              40%     7%    76%    30%    36%    44%    28%
Portman              32     73      3     28     36     28     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      1      -      1      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      -      -      -      1      1
DK/NA                27     20     20     41     27     28     29
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Brunner              38%    44%    47%    43%    27%    40%
Portman              32     25     26     27     54     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      1      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                30     29     27     30     18     30
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Jennifer Brunner the Democrat and Rob Portman the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Brunner              40      39      38
Portman              32      34      28
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -       2       1
DK/NA                27      25      31
 
 
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            53%    26%    78%    49%    53%    54%    41%
Unfavorable          25     49      7     28     29     23     35
Hvn't hrd enough     18     22     14     19     14     22     21
REFUSED               3      3      2      4      5      2      4
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Ted Strickland favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            53      54      60      47
Unfavorable          25      26      19      25
Hvn't hrd enough     18      17      17      26
REFUSED               3       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            39%    54%    25%    42%    37%    40%    45%
Unfavorable          28     15     40     27     36     22     24
Hvn't hrd enough     31     29     32     30     24     36     30
REFUSED               2      2      4      1      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Mike DeWine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            39      40      45      43
Unfavorable          28      25      23      24
Hvn't hrd enough     31      32      30      32
REFUSED               2       3       2       1
 
 
12. 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             3%     5%     1%     5%     5%     2%     6%
Unfavorable           3      2      3      1      3      2      2
Hvn't hrd enough     94     92     95     93     91     96     92
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      1      -      -
 
TREND:Is your opinion of - Kevin Coughlin favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable             3       4       5%
Unfavorable           3       2       3
Hvn't hrd enough     94      92      91
REFUSED               -       1       1
 
13. 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%    33%    11%    26%    27%    19%    26%
Unfavorable           7      4     11      5     10      4      5
Hvn't hrd enough     70     63     76     67     62     76     69
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - John Kasich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            22      21      21      18
Unfavorable           7       6       6       8
Hvn't hrd enough     70      71      71      73
REFUSED               1       1       1       1
 
 
14. Is your opinion of - Lee Fisher favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            37%    20%    57%    30%    39%    36%    26%
Unfavorable          13     24      4     15     17     10     18
Hvn't hrd enough     48     54     38     53     42     53     55
REFUSED               1      1      1      2      2      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Lee Fisher favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            37      32      33      23
Unfavorable          13      13      10      10
Hvn't hrd enough     48      54      55      66
REFUSED               1       1       2       1
 
 
15. Is your opinion of - Tyrone Yates favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable             9%     4%    13%     7%    10%     8%     6%
Unfavorable           6      9      4      5      8      4      6
Hvn't hrd enough     85     87     81     87     81     88     88
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      2      1      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable             6%     7%     3%     -     27%     3%
Unfavorable           2      3      1      2     17     10
Hvn't hrd enough     92     90     94     98     54     85
REFUSED               -      1      2      -      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Tyrone Yates favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 6   Mar 18
                     2009    2009
 
Favorable             9       6
Unfavorable           6       5
Hvn't hrd enough     85      87
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
16. Is your opinion of - Jennifer Brunner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            31%    13%    51%    27%    30%    32%    20%
Unfavorable          12     26      3     11     16      9     15
Hvn't hrd enough     55     60     45     61     52     58     64
REFUSED               1      -      1      -      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Jennifer Brunner favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     May 6   Mar 18   Feb 4   Dec 10
                     2009    2009     2009    2008
 
Favorable            31      31       34      26
Unfavorable          12      14       10      24
Hvn't hrd enough     55      55       55      49
REFUSED               1       1        1       1
 
 
17. Is your opinion of - Rob Portman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            22%    41%     7%    24%    28%    18%    26%
Unfavorable           9      3     16      6     12      6      5
Hvn't hrd enough     68     57     75     68     59     75     68
REFUSED               1      -      2      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Rob Portman favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Favorable            22      25      21      12
Unfavorable           9       7       6       7
Hvn't hrd enough     68      67      72      80
REFUSED               1       1       1       1
 
 
18. Is your opinion of - Mary Taylor favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable            18%    27%    13%    18%    21%    16%    22%
Unfavorable           6      2     10      4      6      5      3
Hvn't hrd enough     75     70     77     78     72     78     75
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Mary Taylor favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            18      18      17
Unfavorable           6       4       5
Hvn't hrd enough     75      78      78
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
19. Is your opinion of - Tom Ganley favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Favorable             6%     7%     6%     6%     7%     6%     7%
Unfavorable           4      3      5      3      6      2      3
Hvn't hrd enough     89     90     88     90     86     92     90
REFUSED               1      -      1      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              57%    35%    81%    51%    58%    56%    45%
Disapprove           29     49     12     34     32     27     36
DK/NA                13     16      8     16     10     17     19
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              51%    59%    65%    46%    62%    53%
Disapprove           38     27     22     36     28     28
DK/NA                10     13     13     18     11     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.....
                                                             High   Low
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 10  Aug 14  Feb 5  Feb 1
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2009   2007
 
Approve              57      56      63      54      60      63     45
Disapprove           29      30      25      25      25      25     12
DK/NA                13      13      12      22      15      12     43
 
 
21. 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              55%    59%    55%    53%    52%    58%    53%
Disapprove           30     29     33     28     37     23     31
DK/NA                15     12     13     19     11     18     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Voinovich is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 55% on 2/4/2009)
                                                             APPROVE........
                                                             High   Low
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10  Aug 14  May 6   Dec 13
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2009*   2006
 
Approve              55      52      55      51      51      55      41
Disapprove           30      32      29      31      32      30      33
DK/NA                15      16      16      17      17      15      26
 
 
22. 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              52%    31%    73%    47%    49%    54%    42%
Disapprove           24     41     10     27     30     20     30
DK/NA                24     28     17     26     21     27     27
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator? (*Low also 42% on 2/1/07)
                                                             APPROVE........
                                                             High   Low
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10  Aug 14  May 6   May 15
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2009    2007*
 
Approve              52      48      51      48      51      52      42
Disapprove           24      25      22      26      23      24      21
DK/NA                24      27      27      26      26      24      36
 
 
23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              36%    31%    44%    33%    36%    36%    34%
Disapprove           40     46     34     42     45     36     39
DK/NA                24     23     22     25     19     28     27
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 6   Dec 10  Aug 14  Nov 13  Sep 5   Dec 10  Dec 12
                     2009    2008    2008    2007    2007    2008    2006
 
Approve              36      46      42      41      38      46      25
Disapprove           40      35      41      32      37      35      55
DK/NA                24      19      17      26      25      19      20
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Lee Fisher is handling his job as Ohio's lieutenant governor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              49%    33%    71%    39%    50%    49%    42%
Disapprove           17     28      6     22     22     13     22
DK/NA                33     39     23     39     28     38     36
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jennifer Brunner is handling her job as Ohio's Secretary of State?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              45%    28%    65%    40%    45%    45%    38%
Disapprove           20     35      7     22     25     16     24
DK/NA                34     38     27     37     30     39     38
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jennifer Brunner is handling her job as Ohio's Secretary of State?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   Dec 10  Aug 14  Jun 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008
 
Approve              45      41      44      39      38      38
Disapprove           20      19      16      28      12      13
DK/NA                34      39      41      33      50      48
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mary Taylor is handling her job as Ohio's state auditor?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              40%    45%    43%    33%    45%    37%    39%
Disapprove           13     12     14     14     15     12     12
DK/NA                46     43     43     53     40     51     49
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mary Taylor is handling her job as Ohio's state auditor?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 4   Aug 14  Jun 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008
 
Approve              40      35      37      39      39
Disapprove           13      11       8      10      12
DK/NA                46      54      55      52      49
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              62%    22%    95%    59%    58%    66%    45%
Disapprove           31     69      4     29     36     26     46
DK/NA                 7      9      1     12      6      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              74%    59%    60%    69%    58%    50%    64%    59%
Disapprove           24     32     32     24     34     46     29     37
DK/NA                 2      9      8      7      8      4      8      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              62      57      67
Disapprove           31      33      16
DK/NA                 7      11      17
 
 
28. 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        4%     2%     5%     3%     4%     4%     3%
Smwht satisfied      39     31     48     35     37     40     32
Smwht dissatisfied   32     38     27     32     30     34     35
Very dissatisfied    24     27     19     28     28     21     28
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     5%     5%     1%     1%     4%     2%
Smwht satisfied      41     33     41     39     41     42     38     42
Smwht dissatisfied   26     38     32     30     33     37     30     38
Very dissatisfied    31     25     20     25     24     19     26     18
DK/NA                 -      1      2      1      1      1      1      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
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11  Aug 14  Mar 21  Mar 17
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007    2009
 
Very satisfied        4       2       2       3       3       5       2
Smwht satisfied      39      30      31      30      36      49      30
Smwht dissatisfied   32      39      37      35      37      28      39
Very dissatisfied    24      28      28      31      23      16      28
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
29. Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Yes                  44%    27%    63%    38%    47%    42%    39%
No                   32     42     19     37     34     29     34
DK/NA                24     31     18     25     19     29     26
 
TREND: Do you think that Ted Strickland has kept his campaign promises so far or not?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11  Aug 14  Jun 4
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008
 
Yes                  44      46      46      44      47      46
No                   32      30      27      26      31      30
DK/NA                24      24      27      30      22      24
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              43%    27%    60%    36%    47%    39%    36%
Disapprove           43     59     28     46     45     41     45
DK/NA                15     14     12     18      9     20     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              46%    38%    45%    44%    39%    49%    42%    46%
Disapprove           47     46     38     42     49     39     43     41
DK/NA                 8     16     17     15     12     12     15     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the economy?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              43      39      44%
Disapprove           43      45      37
DK/NA                15      16      19
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              57%    21%    90%    51%    54%    60%    41%
Disapprove           36     72      6     38     41     32     51
DK/NA                 7      7      3     10      5      8      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              66%    53%    56%    62%    57%    42%    59%    52%
Disapprove           33     38     36     31     39     51     34     42
DK/NA                 1      8      8      7      4      6      7      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     May 6   Mar 18  Feb 6
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              57      53      58
Disapprove           36      36      21
DK/NA                 7      11      21
 
 
32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Approve              43%    25%    64%    37%    46%    41%    35%
Disapprove           40     58     22     45     42     38     44
DK/NA                17     17     13     18     13     21     21
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              42%    41%    46%    45%    42%    46%    43%    46%
Disapprove           50     40     34     37     48     42     39     42
DK/NA                 9     19     20     18     10     12     19     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ted Strickland is handling the state budget?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Approve              43      44      48      41
Disapprove           40      36      30      31
DK/NA                17      20      21      29
 
 
33. 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%    17%    49%    28%    33%    32%    22%
Cutting services     57     74     40     64     60     55     64
DK/NA                10      9     11      9      7     13     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Raising taxes        36%    34%    29%    34%    28%    36%    31%    37%
Cutting services     61     55     56     53     65     58     58     56
DK/NA                 3     11     14     13      7      6     12      7
 
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?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
Raising taxes        32      32      30      24
Cutting services     57      56      59      62
DK/NA                10      12      12      13
 
 
34. 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      53%    71%    37%    56%    55%    51%    64%
Consider increase    44     28     59     41     43     45     33
DK/NA                 3      1      3      4      2      4      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
No tax increase      47%    52%    57%    51%    56%    59%    54%    50%
Consider increase    52     45     39     45     43     40     43     47
DK/NA                 1      3      4      4      1      1      3      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?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5   Dec 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2008
 
No tax increases     53      56      57      64
Consider increases   44      42      39      33
DK/NA                 3       2       3       3
 
35. 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?
                                                               HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    PubSch
 
A lot                 9%    11%    10%     7%    10%     8%    12%
Some                 30     28     30     32     31     30     31
Not much             33     34     33     33     34     33     29
Nothing              27     27     26     28     24     29     27
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
A lot                 6%    11%    10%     5%    14%    19%     6%    17%
Some                 31     29     31     29     33     32     28     36
Not much             25     31     38     31     36     33     34     31
Nothing              36     28     21     34     17     15     30     16
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -      -      1      -
 
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?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
A lot                 9      10      11
Some                 30      29      32
Not much             33      34      31
Nothing              27      28      25
DK/NA                 1       -       1
 
36. Do you think Governor Strickland's plan will improve education in Ohio or not?
                                                               HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    PubSch
 
Yes                  31%    16%    47%    24%    30%    31%    32%
No                   29     45     15     32     31     27     35
DK/NA                41     40     38     44     39     43     33
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  39%    25%    31%    35%    29%    22%    31%    31%
No                   25     34     27     23     39     39     27     33
DK/NA                36     41     43     43     33     38     42     36
 
TREND: Do you think Governor Strickland's plan will improve education in Ohio or not?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  31      31      42
No                   29      29      22
DK/NA                41      40      36
 
 
37. Governor Strickland has said that he will raise the amount of money that the state gives to 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?
                                                               HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    PubSch
 
Yes/Will             74%    80%    68%    75%    78%    71%    79%
No/Will not          18     12     24     16     15     20     15
DK/NA                 8      8      8      9      7      9      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes/Will             80%    73%    72%    74%    75%    79%    75%    73%
No/Will not          17     18     19     18     17     18     17     19
DK/NA                 3      9     10      8      8      3      8      8
 
TREND: Governor Strickland has said that he will raise the amount of money that the state gives to 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?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Yes/Will             74      74      69
No/Will not          18      18      22
DK/NA                 8       9       9
 
 
38. Would you be willing to pay more in taxes to increase the amount of money that goes to schools in Ohio or not?
                                                               HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    PubSch
 
Yes                  46%    31%    60%    44%    43%    49%    59%
No                   50     65     36     51     54     46     37
DK/NA                 4      4      4      5      3      5      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Yes                  63%    45%    39%    50%    45%    41%    46%    46%
No                   35     52     55     46     52     51     50     49
DK/NA                 1      3      6      4      2      8      4      5
 
TREND: Would you be willing to pay more in taxes to increase the amount of money that goes to schools in Ohio or not?
                     May 6   Mar 17  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Yes                  46      45      51
No                   50      52      45
DK/NA                 4       3       5
 
 
39. Do you think that the governor's education plan treats all Ohio school districts equally, do you think that it favors wealthier districts, or do you think it favors poorer districts?
                                                               HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    PubSch
 
Treats equally       19%    13%    24%    17%    21%    17%    18%
Favors wealthier     27     24     32     24     24     29     38
Favors poorer        15     22      8     17     17     13     14
DK/NA                40     41     36     41     38     41     31
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Treats equally       28%    17%    17%    17%    25%    21%    18%    21%
Favors wealthier     37     29     20     32     23     19     29     21
Favors poorer        11     17     16     11     20     24     12     23
DK/NA                24     38     48     40     32     37     41     35
 
 
40. Some people say that Governor Strickland's education plan takes too much power from local officials when it comes to how local schools are run. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                               HvKids
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    PubSch
 
Agree                39%    53%    28%    41%    42%    37%    46%
Disagree             29     16     44     24     28     29     30
DK/NA                32     31     29     35     29     34     24
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Agree                43%    39%    38%    40%    42%    40%    40%    39%
Disagree             38     26     27     28     32     32     27     35
DK/NA                20     34     35     32     26     28     34     26
 
 
41. How worried are you that you or someone in your family will get swine flu - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Very worried          5%     5%     6%     3%     3%     7%     6%
Smwht worried        23     20     22     27     20     25     24
Not too worried      36     29     38     41     33     39     33
Not worried at all   36     45     33     28     43     29     35
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      1      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Very worried         11%     5%     2%     7%     3%     5%     6%     2%
Smwht worried        20     21     25     26     22      8     24     18
Not too worried      28     35     40     34     39     38     36     38
Not worried at all   41     39     32     33     36     49     33     43
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
 
42. Do you think the media's reaction to the swine flu has been justified or overblown?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Justified            31%    22%    38%    29%    28%    33%    24%
Overblown            67     74     60     68     70     63     72
DK/NA                 3      4      2      4      2      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Justified            42%    28%    28%    34%    26%    26%    31%    28%
Overblown            58     69     68     63     71     73     65     70
DK/NA                 -      3      4      3      3      1      3      2
 
 
43. Do you think the government's reaction to the swine flu has been justified or overblown?
                                                               WtBrnAgn
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Evnglcl
 
Justified            59%    52%    66%    58%    59%    59%    49%
Overblown            35     43     29     36     38     33     42
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      3      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Justified            65%    60%    56%    57%    63%    57%    56%    68%
Overblown            32     33     38     36     34     39     38     28
DK/NA                 3      7      6      7      3      4      6      5