February 14, 2012 - Ohio Voters Support 'Right-To-Work' Law, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Ban Smoking In Car With Kids, Voters Say

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Despite the overwhelming victory by organized labor and its allies in repealing SB 5 in this past election, by 54 - 40 percent Ohio voters favor the idea of passing a "right-to-work" law that would ban workers from being required to join a union as a condition of employment, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters also support 55 - 41 percent a ban on smoking in cars if a child under age six is in the vehicle.

Gov. John Kasich's job approval numbers remain poor, although they are getting better, as 40 percent of registered voters approve of how he is doing his job compared to 46 percent who disapprove of how he is running the Buckeye State. Those numbers are little changed from the negative 39 - 48 percent job approval rating in a January 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, but are better than the negative 36 - 52 percent approval rating in an October 25, 2011, poll.

"Given the assumption that the SB 5 referendum was a demonstration of union strength in Ohio, the 54 - 40 percent support for making Ohio a 'right-to-work' state does make one take notice," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "In the SB 5 referendum independent voters, who are generally the key to Ohio elections, voted with the pro-union folks to repeal the law many viewed as an effort to handicap unions. The data indicates that many of those same independents who stood up for unions this past November on SB 5 are standing up to unions by backing 'right-to-work' legislation."

Support for "right-to-work" is 77 - 20 percent among Republicans and 55 - 39 percent among independent voters. Democrats are opposed 61- 31 percent.

A majority of men and women, those with and without college degrees and all age groups like the idea of Ohio becoming a "right-to-work" state. Support rises with income, from 48 - 44 percent among those making less than $30,000 per year to 59 - 39 percent among those making more than $100,000 per year. Voters in union households oppose such a law 65 - 32 percent.

Banning smoking in a car carrying a young child inspires more disagreement among various groups. Republicans narrowly oppose it 50 - 47 percent, while support is 61 - 34 percent among Democrats and 55 - 42 percent among independent votes. Women support the ban 58 - 38 percent, while men back it 51 - 45 percent.

"More women want to keep smoke away from children, but differences among other groups are not large," said Brown.

On other legislative matters, voters say 49 - 40 percent the idea of banning public schools from opening before Labor Day and continuing past Memorial Day is a bad idea.

Ohio voters want more speed as 53 percent support a 70 mile-per-hour speed limit for all interstate highways in the state, while 13 percent want an even higher limit and 31 percent want a lower limit.

While Republicans give Gov. Kasich a 71 - 19 percent approval rating, disapproval is a mirror image 70 - 17 percent among Democrats and 49 - 35 percent among independent voters. Men split 46 - 45 percent while women disapprove 47 - 35 percent.

"When a governor's approval rating in his own party can't overcome the disapproval by the opposition party and he is getting bad reviews from independent voters, it is a sign of political weakness," said Brown. "The governor still has almost three years until he faces the voters, but he would certainly like to get his job approval into the mid-40s, at least. The good news for him is that he is slightly more popular than the legislature, which gets 48 - 35 percent disapproval."

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman gets a 42 - 25 percent job approval.

From February 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,421 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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.


16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Kasich is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              40%    71%    17%    35%    46%    35%    44%    11%
Disapprove           46     19     70     49     45     47     43     67
DK/NA                14     10     13     16      9     18     12     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              41%    39%    38%    40%    46%    35%    43%    38%    49%
Disapprove           51     44     45     50     42     46     40     53     46
DK/NA                 7     17     17     10     13     19     17      9      4
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              41%    40%    40%    37%    36%    44%
Disapprove           47     48     42     38     47     44
DK/NA                13     12     17     25     16     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Kasich is handling his job as Governor? (*High also 40% Sep 2011, **Low also 30% Jan 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 14  Jan 19  Dec 08  Nov 10  Oct 25  Feb 14  Mar 23
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012*   2011**
 
Approve              40      39      38      36      36      40      30
Disapprove           46      48      50      51      52      46      46
DK/NA                14      13      12      13      12      14      23
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              35%    54%    19%    30%    39%    31%    37%    16%
Disapprove           48     29     64     52     48     47     44     66
DK/NA                18     17     16     18     13     22     18     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              34%    35%    38%    33%    32%    32%    32%    40%    39%
Disapprove           52     46     45     54     43     47     48     48     49
DK/NA                14     20     17     13     25     21     20     11     12
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              36%    34%    38%    31%    33%    35%
Disapprove           43     50     49     40     47     49
DK/NA                21     16     12     28     20     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 14  Jan 19  Jun 29  Apr 29  Mar 31  Dec 10  Dec 12
                     2012    2012    2010    2010    2010    2008    2006
 
Approve              35      32      33      35      34      46      25
Disapprove           48      49      47      47      46      35      55
DK/NA                18      19      20      19      20      19      20
 
 
18. 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%    64%    26%    38%    44%    39%    43%    27%
Disapprove           25     11     37     24     27     23     23     34
DK/NA                34     25     38     38     29     38     34     39
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              47%    39%    42%    41%    42%    31%    44%    50%    48%
Disapprove           25     25     24     27     22     32     20     24     27
DK/NA                28     36     34     32     36     37     36     27     25
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              39%    39%    38%    45%    54%    40%
Disapprove           26     26     29     11     28     19
DK/NA                35     35     33     43     19     41
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Rob Portman is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 14  Jan 19  Oct 25  Sep 27  Jul 21  Feb 14  Mar 24
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012    2011
 
Approve              42      39      38      41      40      42      30
Disapprove           25      25      26      23      21      25      25
DK/NA                34      36      36      35      39      34      45
 
 
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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        3%     5%     2%     2%     4%     2%     3%     3%
Smwht satisfied      40     46     38     37     41     39     41     33
Smwht dissatisfied   36     31     41     38     37     36     36     40
Very dissatisfied    20     17     19     23     18     22     20     22
DK/NA                 1      -      -      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     2%     2%     5%     4%     3%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      42     39     42     35     46     38     39     43     43
Smwht dissatisfied   39     35     36     39     32     36     38     39     37
Very dissatisfied    17     22     19     24     16     21     20     17     19
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      2      1      1      -      -
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very satisfied        4%     2%     4%     4%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      44     38     44     34     39     39
Smwht dissatisfied   34     38     34     39     37     37
Very dissatisfied    18     21     18     22     21     20
DK/NA                 -      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? (*Low also 29% Mar 2011)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 14  Jan 19  Oct 25  Sep 27  Jul 20  Mar 21  Oct 25
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2007    2011*
 
Very satisfied        3       4       3       3       3       5       3
Smwht satisfied      40      37      26      31      31      49      26
Smwht dissatisfied   36      36      34      32      32      28      34
Very dissatisfied    20      22      37      32      32      16      37
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
38. The Ohio legislature is considering a bill that would ban smoking by people in cars if there are children less than age six riding in the vehicle. Do you think banning smoking in cars where there are children under age six is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            55%    47%    61%    55%    51%    58%    53%    65%
Bad idea             41     50     34     42     45     38     44     28
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      5      4      4      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Good idea            56%    54%    59%    47%    59%    56%    55%    55%    56%
Bad idea             42     41     36     50     38     41     38     43     43
DK/NA                 2      5      5      4      3      4      8      2      1
 
                                                               HvKids
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt <18    Smoker
 
Good idea            49%    58%    55%    53%    55%    55%    55%    45%
Bad idea             46     38     45     45     40     40     39     48
DK/NA                 5      4      -      2      5      5      6      7
 
 
38a. Do you currently smoke cigarettes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  21%    11%    30%    21%    22%    20%    20%    29%
No                   79     89     70     79     78     80     80     71
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                   7%    27%    26%    21%    13%    34%    27%    12%    13%
No                   93     73     74     79     87     66     73     88     87
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                                               HAVE KIDS....
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt <18    PubSch
 
Yes                  18%    21%    19%    30%    22%    23%    26%    28%
No                   82     79     81     70     78     77     74     72
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
39. Public school schedules vary somewhat around Ohio. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban public schools from opening the academic year before Labor Day or continuing past Memorial Day. Do you think such a law would be a good thing or a bad thing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good thing           40%    39%    44%    38%    39%    41%    39%    50%
Bad thing            49     50     47     51     50     48     49     45
DK/NA                11     11      9     11     11     11     12      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Good thing           30%    45%    37%    41%    45%    42%    48%    41%    31%
Bad thing            61     44     54     49     41     47     42     51     59
DK/NA                 9     12      9     10     14     10     10      8      9
 
                                                               HAVE KIDS....
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt <18    PubSch
 
Good thing           37%    41%    36%    44%    39%    43%    37%    35%
Bad thing            46     51     55     43     50     48     56     57
DK/NA                17      8      9     13     11      9      7      8
 
 
40. Indiana recently became a "right to work" state, meaning that workers can no longer be required to join a union or pay dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment. Do you think that Ohio should become a "right to work" state or don't you think so?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Should           54%    77%    31%    55%    55%    52%    55%    42%
No/Should not        40     20     61     39     42     38     39     46
DK/NA                 6      3      8      6      3      9      6     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes/Should           59%    51%    56%    52%    51%    48%    53%    57%    59%
No/Should not        36     42     38     42     42     44     39     40     39
DK/NA                 5      7      6      6      7      8      7      3      2
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt UnionHsHlds
 
Yes/Should           51%    52%    58%    52%    58%    57%    32%
No/Should not        39     42     40     43     38     37     65
DK/NA                10      6      3      4      4      7      3
 
 
41. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would set the speed limit on Ohio's interstate highways at 70 miles per hour. Do you think there should be a 70 miles per hour speed limit on Ohio's interstate highways, a higher speed limit, or a lower speed limit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
70 mph limit         53%    57%    47%    52%    56%    50%    55%    39%
Higher limit         13     13     12     15     21      6     12     14
Lower limit          31     27     38     30     19     42     29     47
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      3      3      3      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
70 mph limit         60%    49%    55%    53%    48%    48%    47%    59%    59%
Higher limit          9     15     19     10      7     10     15     14     19
Lower limit          28     33     24     35     40     40     35     24     20
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      5      2      3      4      2
 
                                                               HAVE KIDS....
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt <18    PubSch
 
70 mph limit         51%    49%    62%    63%    51%    58%    59%    59%
Higher limit         11     14      6      9     15     16     15     17
Lower limit          34     34     27     26     29     25     22     21
DK/NA                 4      2      4      2      5      1      4      4
 

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