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Gov. Kasich approval rating climbs to 40%
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 

Gov. John Kasich is still building off a rocky first year in office that saw one of his landmark initiatives defeated at the polls, but his approval rating is improving among Ohio voters, according to a new poll. 

About 40 percent of registered voters approve of the job Kasich is doing, compared with about 46 percent who disapprove, a Quinnipiac University poll of 1,421 registered voters found. In a January survey, his approval rating was 39-48 percent, and in October it was 36-52 percent. October marked the lead-up to the November election, when Senate Bill 5, the controversial collective-bargaining law that Kasich spearheaded, was defeated soundly at the polls. 

“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,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a release. 

Approval for the governor’s performance is split down party lines, the poll found. Republicans support Kasich by a 71-19 percent margin, but Democrats disapprove of his job 70-17 percent, according to the poll. Independent voters are more closely split at 49-35 percent. 

The poll also found that voters agree by a 54-40 percent margin that Ohio should become a “right-to-work” state, which would ban requirements to join unions as a condition of employment. 

“Given the assumption that the S.B. 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,” Brown said in the release. “In the S.B. 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 S.B. 5 are standing up to unions by backing ‘right-to-work’ legislation.” 

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