John Kasich Vows To Keep Working for SB5 Despite Weak Poll Numbers

John Kasich says he undeterred by a poll which shows Issue 2 trailing by 25 points.
John Kasich says he undeterred by a poll which shows Issue 2 trailing by 25 points.

Gov. John Kasich says he and other supporters will keep working to persuade voters to keep an Ohio law that limits the bargaining rights of 350,000 public workers, while a new poll suggests that’s going to be hard work.

With just two weeks before the vote, the Quinnipiac University poll found that 57% of registered voters want to repeal the law, while 32% want to keep it. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4%.

Kasich says he  is undeterred.

“We’re going to keep working. We think this is the right thing to create an environment for cities to be able to be successful; we’re giving them the tools,” he said.

Supporters will make their case again Tuesday night, when a debate on Issue 2 – the ballot question on the collective bargaining law – airs on 89-7 FM and  NBC affiliates statewide. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,668 registered voters by phone last week. The percentage of respondents opposing the law has almost doubled since a Sept. 27 Quinnipiac poll.

The most recent poll found GOP voters more supportive of union limits, 59% to 32%.  However, majorities of Ohioans in numerous other categories don’t want the law, according to the poll. They include both men and women, whites and blacks, those making more than $100,000 and those making less, and both those with and without college degrees.

Kasich said the poll – which also showed a widening margin of disapproval with the job he’s doing – will not get him down.      “Do I seem disheartened? I mean, I’m doing my job,” he said.
“You do your job, you put your best stuff forward, and you live by the outcome.”

He said it has been a campaign of emotion versus facts, and cited “a lot of misinformation” in prompting voters to oppose the bill.

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