Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a 5 point lead over his little known Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, at 43 percent to 38 percent, the latest Quinnipiac University poll finds.
However, Kasich's lead has narrowed by 2 points from where it was in November when he was ahead of FitzGerald by seven points, 44 percent to 37 percent. The new poll was taken from Feb. 12-17 of 1,370 registered voters and had a 2.7 percent margin of error.
The Ohio Republican has a 51 to 36 percent job approval rating, which has remained steady over the last year. Sixty-one percent say Kasich is a strong leader and 52 percent say he is honest and trustworthy, but only 43 percent say that he cares about the needs and problems of Ohio voters.
Kasich has a 42 percent favorability rating over 30 percent who say they have an unfavorable view of the governor, and 46 percent of Ohio voters say that he deserves to be elected versus 42 percent who say he does not.
Seventy percent of Ohio voters said that they do not know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion.
"Less than three in ten know enough about Democratic favorite Ed FitzGerald to have an opinion about him," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "It indicates he has not made much headway in the past three months, but it provides him an opportunity to make up ground among the vast number of voters who are unfamiliar with him."
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