With less than 100 days to go until the Nov. 4 election, Ohio looks like a shoo-in to remain in the Republican column when it comes to governors.
The latest poll from Quinnipiac University
notes that first term incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich easily is maintaining a double-digit lead over his Democratic opponent, Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald, with Kasich in front by 12 percentage points.
In various polls from April until now, FitzGerald has proven to be unable to advance significantly against Kasich, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
A SurveyUSA poll in April had Kasich, who has been mentioned as a possible presidential contender, ahead of FitzGerald 46-36 and a Quinnipiac poll run in May showed Kasich with a 15-point lead.
"Almost two-thirds of registered voters don' know enough about FitzGerald to have an opinion about him," Peter Brown, assistant Quinnipiac poll director, was reported to have said by the Columbus Dispatch.
"The Democratic nominee still has a long way to go with little more than three months until Election Day," Brown said.
The Dispatch notes that 60 percent of those in the poll said they were satisfied with how things are in Ohio under Kasich, "an all-time high in the poll conducted for the past eight years."
"Not only does Gov. Kasich hold a solid lead, but he also is viewed as better able to handle the economy and jobs and even normally Democratic issues such as abortion and health care," Brown said in a statement released with the Quinnipiac poll. "He also has the edge on character traits. And 50 percent or more of voters say he deserves another term and think he is doing a good job in his first term in office."
Despite female traditional support for Democratic candidates in Ohio, Kasich, 62, is leading FitzGerald, 46, by two points among women, while he is up 20 points with voters over the age of 65. FitzGerald, a former FBI agent and prosecutor, has received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police.
In the new poll of 1, 366 voters conducted between July 24-28, Kasich outpaced his opponent on virtually all issues, including the economy, taxes, education, government spending, abortion and health care.
Half of all voters, including 80 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of Democrats, said they felt that Kasich deserves to be elected to a second term, while 66 percent, including 89 percent of Republicans and even 43 percent of Democrats said they felt Kasich has "strong leadership qualities."
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