December 12, 2012 - Ohio Voters Reject Change In Judge Selection 5-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Want Smarter Spending, Not More For Schools

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Ohio voters oppose changing the current system of electing state Supreme Court judges by an overwhelming 81 - 15 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today, with opposition at or near 80 percent among every political, income, age, race and gender group.

Voters support 52 - 38 percent a proposed new tax on companies drilling for oil and natural gas in the state, little changed from 55 - 35 percent support when the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University asked the question in May.

If money from such a tax were used to cut income taxes for state residents, support for the levy rises to 62 - 31 percent, similar to May's 60 - 32 percent finding. Republican voters, who oppose the new tax 56 - 33 percent, shift to support it 52 - 40 percent when it is used to offset income taxes.

With three new casinos now open around the state, a solid majority of voters, 57 - 33 percent, think those establishments will be good for Ohio, although only 38 percent say it is very or somewhat likely they will visit one of the casinos.

"Efforts to end the system of electing state Supreme Court judges have no support with the general public," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Four in five voters oppose the idea with virtually no difference along political or gender lines. Simply put this is an idea that is going nowhere with Ohio voters. Their views should not be surprising since in general voters want to decide things themselves rather than give politicians the power to decide for them."

"Ohio voters support the idea of taxing the state's oil and gas producers, especially if the money would go to cutting income taxes for state residents. On these questions, too, there is widespread agreement," Brown added. "Only Republicans don't give at least a plurality support to the idea generally and even they, back the idea if the money raised went to cutting state income taxes."

Looking at public school funding, 51 percent of Ohio voters say schools should better manage the funds they already have, while 37 percent say schools need more money.

Supporting better management are Republicans 77 - 16 percent, independent voters 53 - 33 percent, men 56 - 32 percent, and women 47 - 41 percent. Democrats want more money 59 - 28 percent, as do black voters 57 - 29 percent. Every other demographic group surveyed gives at least a plurality to better managing existing funds.

"The numbers indicate that the folks who say the problem with schools isn't the lack of money but how the money is spent have struck a chord with the public," said Brown.

Democratic U.S Sen. Sherrod Brown gets a 52 - 35 percent approval rating, while Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman gets a 42 - 27 percent score.

But the State Legislature gets a 39 - 38 percent split evaluation.

Ohio voters also are divided on two national issues that have been in the news lately:
  • 45 percent of voters support same-sex marriage while 47 percent are opposed. Among men, 48 percent are opposed with 42 percent in favor; among women, 47 percent support gay marriage while 45 percent are opposed.
  • 47 - 47 percent on legalizing marijuana, with men in favor by a narrow 49 - 46 percent and women opposed by an equally narrow 48 - 45 percent.
"Ohioans' views on legalizing the personal use of pot are slightly more conservative than the nation at large," said Brown. "A Quinnipiac University national poll released last week found support for legalizing marijuana at 51 - 44 percent."

From December 4 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,165 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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

For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              39%    62%    23%    38%    43%    35%    42%    24%
Disapprove           38     18     53     40     41     36     37     46
DK/NA                23     21     24     22     16     29     21     30
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              40%    39%    37%    41%    47%    42%    35%    39%    41%
Disapprove           43     37     40     39     38     31     39     45     32
DK/NA                18     24     23     20     15     27     26     16     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 12  May 09  Feb 14  Jan 19  Jun 29  Dec 10  Dec 12
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2010    2008    2006
 
Approve              39      33      35      32      33      46      25
Disapprove           38      47      48      49      47      35      55
DK/NA                23      20      18      19      20      19      20
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rob Portman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              42%    65%    28%    40%    46%    39%    44%    32%
Disapprove           27     10     41     26     29     24     25     37
DK/NA                31     25     31     33     26     36     31     31
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              43%    42%    41%    40%    49%    38%    36%    44%    50%
Disapprove           33     24     26     30     29     21     28     31     21
DK/NA                24     34     33     30     22     41     37     25     28
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rob Portman is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 42% Feb 2012)
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 12  May 10  Feb 14  Jan 19  Oct 25  Dec 11  Mar 24
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2012*   2011
 
Approve              42      38      42      39      38      42      30
Disapprove           27      23      25      25      26      27      25
DK/NA                31      39      34      36      36      31      45
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              52%    25%    82%    48%    50%    54%    49%    73%
Disapprove           35     66      9     36     41     30     40      7
DK/NA                13      9      9     16      9     16     12     20
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              55%    51%    54%    55%    49%    63%    46%    51%    54%
Disapprove           38     35     32     33     45     24     41     36     35
DK/NA                 8     14     14     12      6     13     13     12     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sherrod Brown is handling his job as United States Senator? (* High also 52% May 2009, Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 12  May 10  Feb 15  Jan 19  Oct 26  Dec 11  Jul 07
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2012*   2009
 
Approve              52      46      47      47      50      52      41
Disapprove           35      33      34      34      30      35      29
DK/NA                13      21      19      19      20      13      30
 
 
22. Do you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              52%    33%    63%    56%    52%    51%    52%    49%
Oppose               38     56     28     33     39     37     38     36
DK/NA                10     11      9     10      9     11      9     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              59%    49%    50%    57%    53%    50%    54%    52%    49%
Oppose               34     40     38     37     43     40     37     39     37
DK/NA                 7     11     12      6      3     10      9      9     15
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio?
                     Dec 12  May 09
                     2012    2012
 
Support              52      55
Oppose               38      35
DK/NA                10      10
 
 
23. Would you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio, if the money raised was used to cut income taxes for state residents?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              62%    52%    65%    66%    62%    63%    62%    68%
Oppose               31     40     28     27     32     30     31     27
DK/NA                 7      8      7      7      6      8      7      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              57%    64%    64%    64%    58%    63%    66%    61%    58%
Oppose               39     28     29     33     37     30     31     31     30
DK/NA                 4      8      7      4      6      6      3      7     12
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose a new tax on companies drilling for natural gas and oil in Ohio, if the money raised was used to cut income taxes for state residents?
                     Dec 12  May 09
                     2012    2012
 
Support              62      60
Oppose               31      32
DK/NA                 7       8
 
 
24. Ohio's first three Las Vegas style casinos are now open. Do you think these casinos will be good or bad for Ohio?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good                 57%    45%    63%    60%    59%    55%    55%    68%
Bad                  33     43     29     31     32     34     35     26
DK/NA                10     11      9      9      9     11     10      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Good                 50%    59%    61%    53%    56%    75%    59%    53%    46%
Bad                  40     31     30     35     34     18     33     35     42
DK/NA                10     10      9     12      9      7      8     11     12
 
 
25. Regardless of whether you think these casinos will be good or bad for Ohio, how likely is it that you will go to one of these casinos in the next year or so; very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very likely          22%    21%    25%    20%    20%    23%    19%    40%
Smwht likely         16     14     21     14     18     15     15     22
Not too likely       17     18     14     20     20     14     18     10
Not likely at all    44     48     40     45     42     47     47     27
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Very likely          18%    23%    22%    23%    29%    36%    26%    17%    15%
Smwht likely         16     17     16     18     15     21     15     16     14
Not too likely       19     16     17     18     18     14     22     18     13
Not likely at all    47     44     46     41     38     28     38     49     57
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1
 
TREND: Regardless of whether you think these casinos will be good or bad for Ohio, how likely is it that you will go to one of these casinos in the next year or so; very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?
                     Dec 12  May 09
                     2012    2012
 
Very likely          22      20
Smwht likely         16      17
Not too likely       17      15
Not likely at all    44      47
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
26. Ohio currently elects its judges on the state supreme court. Some have suggested that be changed so that judges would be appointed by the governor with input from the state bar association and confirmed by the legislature. Which do you prefer: A) Keeping the current system of electing Ohio supreme court judges, or B) Changing to a system in which new judges would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
A)Keep current sys   81%    80%    79%    83%    81%    81%    80%    84%
B)Judges appointed   15     17     18     11     16     14     16     14
DK/NA                 4      3      3      6      3      5      4      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
A)Keep current sys   76%    82%    81%    83%    76%    82%    83%    80%    78%
B)Judges appointed   21     13     14     13     22     11     13     18     15
DK/NA                 3      4      4      4      2      7      4      2      6
 
 
27. When it comes to public schools in Ohio, which best represents your view: A) In order to do a better job, public schools in Ohio need to receive more money from government B) In order to do a better job, public schools in Ohio need to spend the money they receive from the government differently?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
A)Need more money    37%    16%    59%    33%    32%    41%    34%    57%
B)Spend differently  51     77     28     53     56     47     55     29
BOTH (VOL)            7      2      7      9      5      8      6     12
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      7      3      5      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
A)Need more money    39%    36%    42%    34%    28%    43%    37%    38%    31%
B)Spend differently  49     52     46     53     60     45     49     53     55
BOTH (VOL)            7      7      7      9      6      8     11      5      3
DK/NA                 5      5      5      4      5      4      3      4     10
 
 
28. In general, do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              45%    24%    64%    42%    42%    47%    43%    55%
Oppose               47     70     30     47     48     45     49     36
DK/NA                 9      6      6     11     10      7      8      8
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              58%    37%    31%    43%    40%    45%    16%    46%
Oppose               37     53     62     46     50     47     78     45
DK/NA                 6      9      7     10     10      7      6      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Support              57%    40%    43%    47%    52%    74%    46%    41%    27%
Oppose               35     51     48     44     43     22     43     51     63
DK/NA                 8      9      9      8      5      4     11      8      9
 
 
29. Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in Ohio, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  47%    28%    57%    49%    49%    45%    45%    60%
No                   47     67     36     45     46     48     50     32
DK/NA                 6      5      7      6      5      7      6      8
 
                     WHITE..............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BornAgnEv
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  43%    45%    33%    37%    48%    41%    30%    43%
No                   49     50     62     53     46     52     65     51
DK/NA                 8      5      6     10      5      7      5      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K  50-100 >100K   18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  45%    47%    51%    47%    45%    65%    55%    45%    25%
No                   47     47     45     44     49     29     39     49     68
DK/NA                 8      5      5      8      6      6      6      6      7
 
 

Demographic Summary