Virtually every result of the latest Quinnipiac Poll bodes well for Gov. John Kasich, but his opponent says his own candidacy is very much alive with more than five months before Election Day. Kasich's lead over Ed FitzGerald expanded to 15 points - up from 5 three months ago - in the Connecticut university's survey released yesterday.
Virtually every result of the latest Quinnipiac Poll bodes well for Gov. John Kasich, but his opponent says his own candidacy is very much alive with more than five months before Election Day.
Kasich’s lead over Ed FitzGerald expanded to 15 points — up from 5 three months ago — in the Connecticut university’s survey released yesterday.
“FitzGerald needs to avoid the vicious circle that voters don’t know who he is, so he needs to get his message out, but he has limited funds to get his message out, and polls that show him trailing makes it more difficult to raise the money he needs to get his message out,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Connecticut university’s poll.
Kasich’s margin of 50 percent to 35 percent was bolstered by a million dollars’ worth of TV ads. FitzGerald, cash-poor Cuyahoga County executive, says only that his TV effort will begin “soon.”& amp; lt; /p>
“I’m running for governor because of the things I believe in,” FitzGerald said. “I didn’t wake up one day and say I’m inspired to run for governor because of a poll.”
The Democrat said Kasich has “a very weak record, and I think the more the campaign goes on, that will be apparent and it will be reflected in the polls.”
Kasich’s net job-approval rating — 23 percent — is at an all-time high with Quinnipiac, with voters liking his performance by 56 percent to 33 percent. And 53 percent say he deserves another term.
The Kasich campaign does not comment on polls. Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Schrimpf said, “In the poll, Ohioans said that jobs and the economy are their top issues; they are also the issues Kasich has delivered on and is campaigning on. It’s Ohio, so the race will undoubtedly tighten, but Kasich’s message is resonating. …
“Ohio’s economic improvement is also why you see FitzGerald’s campaign haphazardly jumping from one issue to another and why they will get increasingly negative.”
Brown said one of FitzGerald’s key choices will be deciding whether to air positive ads to familiarize Ohio voters with his candidacy or go straight to negative ads.
The telephone poll, which includes land lines and cellphones, of 1,174 registered Ohio voters May 7 through Tuesday has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
Dispatch Reporter Catherine Candisky contributed to this story.