Repeal Of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's Assault On Collective Bargaining Law Gains Steam

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The latest Quinnipiac poll out of Ohio shows that Republican Gov. John Kasich's Senate Bill 5 -- an assault on the collective bargaining rights of government employees -- is likely to be repealed, with 57 percent of voters opposing the bill and only 32 percent supporting it.

The campaign to save Senate Bill 5 is taking on water, with a new poll showing voters favor a repeal of the collective bargaining crackdown on Ohio’s public workers by a 57-to-32 percent margin.

The findings in the Quinnipiac University poll also show Gov. John Kasich’s popularity is in the same neighborhood as the S.B. 5 measure he has been campaigning to save. The survey of 1,668 registered voters found them disapproving of the governor’s job performance by 52-36 percent, up from a 49-40 percent negative rating in late September.

Voters will determine the fate of S.B. 5 on Nov. 8 when they vote on State Issue 2.

Issue 2 has created a contentious battle across the state. The issue would keep S.B. 5, which restricts the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

The Quinnipiac findings come a week after a survey by Public Policy Polling predicted S.B. 5 will be repealed by a 56-36 percent margin.

Support to kill the law is mounting if the Quinnipiac poll results reported Tuesday are accurate. The current 25-point margin favoring repeal is up from a 13-point margin – 51-38 percent – back in September.

When asked if he had a back-up plan if SB5 is repealed, Kasich said "I never think ahead." He also accused opponents of the bill of spreading misinformation and of acting out of emotion and not facts.

To learn more about the issue or to contribute to the efforts to repeal SB5, visit We Are Ohio.


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