New Poll Shows Support Growing for SB 5, Kasich

The opinion poll by Quinnipiac University shows that more people remain negative about Gov. John Kasich and Senate Bill 5, but they are both gaining in popularity

Senate Bill 5 is still viewed negatively but is becoming more popular with voters, according to a poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

According to the poll results, 51 percent of voters surveyed want to repeal SB 5, the bill championed by Kasich , and 38 percent support the law.

In July's poll, 56 percent of voters wanted to repeal SB 5, while 32 percent wanted to keep the law.

Kasich's own popularity is increasing as well, with 40 percent of voters surveyed approving of Kasich's performance. In July, his approval was at 35 percent.

The poll shows that both Kasich and SB 5 still aren't looked at favorably by most voters, but they are moving in a positive direction.

But while Kasich has three years in office to regain public support, the clock is ticking on SB5, which will be voted on by residents on Nov. 8.

"Support for repealing the bill in the November referendum has dropped from a 24-point to a 13-point margin," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  "Backers of SB 5 have only six weeks to make up the difference, although public opinion appears to be moving in their direction.”

The pollsters took a look at what voters think about individual provisions within SB 5. Here's what voters like and don't like about the reform bill:

  • Oppose Strike Ban: 58 percent are against the ban on employees striking. 36 percent support the provision.
  • Replace Automatic Pay Raises with Merit Increases: 60 percent of voters surveyed support merit increases with 31 opposing it.
  • Don't Eliminate Seniority Rights: 53 percent oppose eliminating seniority rights as the only factor in layoffs. 41 percent support it.
  • Support Health Care Costs: 59 percent support requiring public workers to pay at least 15 percent of the health insurance premiums. 35 percent oppose.
  • Oppose Banning Workers From Bargaining Health Care: 54 percent oppose a ban on bargaining over health insurance. 39 percent support it.
  • Support Pension Contributions: 56 percent of voters surveyed support requiring pubic works to pay 10 percent of their wages toward their pensions. 33 percent oppose it.

About the Poll: 1,301 registered voters were surveyed by phone between Sept. 20 and Sept. 25. The poll's margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points, meaning the results could vary by 2.7 percent in either direction.

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. 

Donald R. Thompson September 30, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Hey Robin, You ever have a child die in your hands as you tried to resusitate life back into them? Ever have to deal with notifying loved ones that their Mother/Father/ Son/ Daughter has been killed or died in an accident? Ever had someone try to kill you? Ever truly risk your life for someone you don't know? Has your job sent you to the ER due to injury 7 times in 21 years like mine has? Have you succesfully resusitated 8 people in 21 years using CPR and AED? Few units have negotiated more sick time allotted than the 4.6 hours for every 80 hours worked...which was passed as Ohio law by the legislature (don't know if it was part of ORC 4117) . The only unit I can think of is the Gahanna Police, check SERB to see exactly what they get if you're interested. In my job if I get hurt off duty and I have 5 days of sick time I would be terminated after about 30 days off...even if I broke my leg or arm ...cleaning out my gutters for example...If you run out of sick time at my job they will place you on unpaid satus for 30 days then terminate your employment....ONE example of public sector employer right now here in NE Ohio they've had the policy for 25 years or better. There is no such thing as "light" duty at my department, we do not have the manpower to sustain such a category so they just terminate you if you do not have the sick time to cover your OFF DUTY illness or injury....Fortunately they cannot do the same if we are injured in the line of duty
Donald R. Thompson September 30, 2011 at 02:39 PM
James Thomas October 01, 2011 at 03:20 PM
DRT, Did you choose your line of work? Did you have other options?
Cheryl October 01, 2011 at 04:37 PM
I absolutely believe this article to be a lie. The very fact that so many people signed the petitons to put it on the ballot in Novembe to REPEAL SB5, tells a very different story. The media will push the corporate agenda, of course.
Donald R. Thompson October 01, 2011 at 05:33 PM
At 5 years to retirement eligibilty what matters NOW is I am locked in for 5 years, I will certainly be leaving public service in 5 years if SB5 is upheld. Post retirement I'll work part time investigating all kinds of misdeeds as a Private (sector) Investigator...cheating spouses, workers comp. fraud etc.


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