Polling for SB5 Looks Grim for Kasich
Issue 2, the controversial collective bargaining law, has sparked outrage across the country and it is showing in the latest polling.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll conducted October 25 shows a margin of 25 points in the polls in favor of repealing Senate Bill 5. The numbers were 57 to 32 which doesn’t bode well for the law. The poll in September was 51 percent for the repeal and 32 percent against. The margin of voters has increased by 13 percent since the last poll.
“With two weeks until election day, the opponents of SB5 have strong reason to be optimistic,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“The opponents had seen their 24 point margin in July close over the summer and early autumn. As we enter the home stretch, however, they have once again taken a commanding lead. Except for Republicans, just about every demographic group favors repealing the law.”
Melissa Fazekas, spokeswoman for We Are Ohio, feels that voters are strongly against this legislation. “The latest results of the Quinnipiac Poll once again show that Ohioans fully understand the need to stop Senate Bill 5 by voting no on Issue 2.”
“The enthusiasm and motivation of our thousands of volunteers is at an all time high. Ohioans understand that Issue 2 is unfair and unsafe and bad for our local communities,” said Fazekas.
The bill, which would ban collective bargaining for teachers, firefighters and police officers, was put on the ballot for referendum after We Are Ohio obtained 1.3 million signatures on a petition.
Kasich has continued to campaign for the law, even praising it for helping to close the budget shortfall in Ohio, the worst the state has seen since the 1990s.
Kasich’s office has not made a public comment about the poll numbers released last week.