Ohio voters support right-to-work legislation by 14 in new Q-poll

posted at 11:00 am on February 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Conventional wisdom has Ohio being vulnerable to a Democratic rollback in 2012 after a GOP sweep in 2010.  Approval ratings for Governor John Kasich have been low after his reforms of public-employee unions in a state where Big Labor is thought to have a wide reach.  However, a new Quinnipiac poll on a proposed right-to-work reform may indicate that their power is not as broad as first thought:

Despite the overwhelming victory by organized labor and its allies in repealing SB 5 in this past election, by 54 – 40 percent Ohio voters favor the idea of passing a “right-to-work” law that would ban workers from being required to join a union as a condition of employment, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. …

Gov. John Kasich’s job approval numbers remain poor, although they are getting better, as 40 percent of registered voters approve of how he is doing his job compared to 46 percent who disapprove of how he is running the Buckeye State. Those numbers are little changed from the negative 39 – 48 percent job approval rating in a January 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, but are better than the negative 36 – 52 percent approval rating in an October 25, 2011, poll.

“Given the assumption that the SB 5 referendum was a demonstration of union strength in Ohio, the 54 – 40 percent support for making Ohio a ‘right-to-work’ state does make one take notice,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “In the SB 5 referendum independent voters, who are generally the key to Ohio elections, voted with the pro-union folks to repeal the law many viewed as an effort to handicap unions. The data indicates that many of those same independents who stood up for unions this past November on SB 5 are standing up to unions by backing ‘right-to-work’ legislation.”

The key fight will be with independents, and so far they seem to be swinging against the unions. Independents support an RTW bill by 16 points, even wider than the general public, at 55/39. Democrats oppose it but not as strongly as one might imagine at 65/32.

With all other demographics, RTW has a broad base of support.  Majorities of both men and women and all age groups and levels of education support right-to-work legislation.  The only categories that would oppose such a bill would be Democrats,  black voters on a narrow 42/46 that is a virtual tie, and union households at 32/65.

If Kasich wanted to pursue union reform, he’d find himself in much better political position by pushing an RTW bill through the legislature this year.  Its broad popularity would put unions on the defensive to justify forced membership, closed shops, and mandatory dues payments.  That might erase some of the hard feelings lingering after the far-less-popular SB5 reforms that went down to defeat, and it would arguably have better results.

On the upcoming elections, the clouds may be parting at least a little for Republicans.  The satisfaction level of Ohio voters has begun rising at least incrementally, even if it’s still underwater at 43/56.  Last summer, the rating was 34/64, and in the fall it had actually declined to 29/71.


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0! Right not to work!

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Union “labor” is always overpriced, while what it delivers is continually substandard.

If you don’t like a union member’s shoddy work, you can take it up with Vito or Rocco.

Unions exist only because of government mandates to use their lousy services. No sane individual pays a premium for shoddy work.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Ohio is solidly going blue next year. The Governor barked at the wrong tree…

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The reason our SB5 got rolled back was the 24/7 stream of ads about how all police and firemen would be laid off and we’d basically be left to fend for ourselves if it wasn’t overturned. The dems made it sound like there would be all out anarchy in Ohio if it were allowed to stand.

Pathetic that so many fell for it.

tdpwells on February 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Ohio is solidly going blue this year

correction

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Ohio is solidly going blue next year. The Governor barked at the wrong tree…

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

LOL no. I live here. Do you?

tdpwells on February 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

That’s big! And kinda of schizophrenic.

Cindy Munford on February 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

A local industry has been on strike for months and months…and after a rash of TV ads trying to lay the blame on the owners and management…well, public support has drifted away…the strikers and pickets were mostly trucked in, loud, obnoxious, and did a good bit of property damage to neighboring establishments.

But, for Ohio and a lot of the growing rust belt, unions created this mess we are now paying for.

First unions drove steel from this state, then most of the automotive industry that used to thrive all across the state.

Most people would be content to get a job…a decent job…and be allowed to earn and keep what they earn without having to pay graft to the union bosses and have their jobs yanked out from under them when the union decides that a strike would be just the ticket to show management a thing or two.

Right to work.

Let’s keep it.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Ohioans are racists!!!

faraway on February 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Its tough selling folks less. Less government, less authoritarianism,less government handouts. Its become even tougher as Dems have at every opportunity been insuring more and more folks becoming reliant on it. The folks that oppose right to work will lose. It is the way of the future. Unions have placed their benefits in a past the point of diminishing returns status. Right to work will lead to more manufacturing here in the US, more jobs, and a more stable community. Oh and lower unemployment. Less dependence on Government. Sorry unions, you have slowly become dinosaurs, extinction is on its way for you.

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

This would be front #4, along with Wisconsin, Arizona, and Indiana.

Minnesota could become front #5 if the legislature manages to get a referendum on the ballot since Governor “Brave Sir Robin” refuses to sign it.

The union war chest is going to be completely tapped out after this election season at this rate.

teke184 on February 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Approval ratings for Governor John Kasich have been low after his reforms of public-employee unions…

I thought the reforms were overturned by referendum. Was anything left?

Any polling on right to work in other states? Even — hold the laughs, please — Illinois?

jwolf on February 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Ohio is solidly going blue next year. The Governor barked at the wrong tree…

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The only reason a polity would “go blue” is that they’ve come to despise freedom. Rather than live free, they’d rather have the influence in government to force EVERYBODY to do their bidding. In this case, join a union. Unfortunately for them,as coldwarrior pointed out, they’ve caused their employers to exercise their freedom and leave.

cartooner on February 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Any polling on right to work in other states? Even — hold the laughs, please — Illinois?

jwolf on February 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

RTW is increasingly popular in reliably blue Minnesota for one.

teke184 on February 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

0! Right not to work!

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

saw THAT!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

SB 5 did not pass here in Ohio because we are a pro-union state. It went down in flames because they scared little old ladies into believing if it passed there would be no fireman to come save them from their burning house.

January on February 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

RTW is unfair. Why should any person be allowed to keep their own money instead of being forced to tithe it to a union?

Bishop on February 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Ohio is solidly going blue next year. The Governor barked at the wrong tree…

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

…lifting your leg again?
Don’t forget, about the diaper!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Been sort of quiet lately…miss your postings!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Unions have placed their benefits in a past the point of diminishing returns status. Right to work will lead to more manufacturing here in the US, more jobs, and a more stable community. Oh and lower unemployment. Less dependence on Government. Sorry unions, you have slowly become dinosaurs, extinction is on its way for you.

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I second that and would add that we may be seeing the self-destruction of progressivism as well. My dilemma is that, in spite of the pain, would Obama’s re-election hasten that demise? Would the election of one of the GOP clowns prolong it?

cartooner on February 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

If only Rick Santorum supported Right To Work… and he’s supposed to be the “conservative” candidate.

mxt on February 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I don’t get it. Last year Ohio voted 2:1 in favor of more union power. And now, 4 months later they’re in support of taking away union power.

It leads me to believe most people in Ohio have no effing clue what’s going on.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

SB 5 did not pass here in Ohio because we are a pro-union state. It went down in flames because they scared little old ladies into believing if it passed there would be no fireman to come save them from their burning house.

January on February 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Exactly… the unions controlled the narrative on SB5 here and the the GOP had no counter.

Right to Work… the name itself is hard to vote against especially right now.

Ohio is not going blue… I pray to God … we are right under Michigan and some times the stronger loonyness rubs off down here.

Achele175 on February 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The Ohio GOP has proven itself to be pretty inept because of personality conflicts. That said, Kasich should still push to enact RTW legislation this year – while the ‘iron is hot’. Being next door to Indiana and watching business leave Ohio for greener pastures in Indiana would give the legislative drive to move this forward.

Bob in VA on February 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

This survey says “voters”, does that mean registered voters or people who are likely to vote?

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I don’t get it. Last year Ohio voted 2:1 in favor of more union power. And now, 4 months later they’re in support of taking away union power.

It leads me to believe most people in Ohio have no effing clue what’s going on.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Ohioans did NOT vote for more union power. They were scared into believing a vote for SB 5 would cut all police and fireman and no one would be safe. I spoke to many reasonable people that could not get over this lie.

January on February 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

cartooner on February 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Tough call there. True we would have more strength to forge ahead. True also is many of our guys don’t have the stones it takes to do so. 0′s re-election would hasten demise in general for all of us. I’ll go with hasten 0′s demise and forge ahead with the stoneless ones.

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I see you saw. I’ve been sitting back a bit scouting. Learning, studying and trying to avoid the hammer. Just determining who to chase around this place next. Ole Jailbreak got his arse handed to him, thanks to Dire. I’ll get back in the fray here directly.

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

The most delicious part of this is how they crucified their newly elected governor for trying to reform public employee unions.

But they support him if he wants to break the power of all unions.

HitNRun on February 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

This poll must really unnerve Santorum.

EddieC on February 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Um, then why did they vote to roll back the other reforms?

changer1701 on February 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Oh! Where?

Cindy Munford on February 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I don’t get it. Last year Ohio voted 2:1 in favor of more union power. And now, 4 months later they’re in support of taking away union power.

It leads me to believe most people in Ohio have no effing clue what’s going on.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Second that!

mr_west on February 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

This also show that the State Republican leadership mirrors the National Republican Committee.

That would be “poor” or “no messaging” at all.

mr_west on February 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Any polling on right to work in other states? Even — hold the laughs, please — Illinois?

jwolf on February 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

No RTW polling that I’ve heard of in the GNJ (got no jobs) state of IL. As I’ve been posting: 49 states will have right to work before IL–if ever it’s even considered here, but we’ll run out of jobs long before that happens. And I don’t know about the other 7 states.

stukinIL4now on February 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I thought the reforms were overturned by referendum. Was anything left?

Any polling on right to work in other states? Even — hold the laughs, please — Illinois?

jwolf on February 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I caught that too. Ed miswrote that first part. He later noted that SB 5 on PEU reform went down–in total. Here’s another response:

SB 5 did not pass here in Ohio because we are a pro-union state. It went down in flames because they scared little old ladies into believing if it passed there would be no fireman to come save them from their burning house.

January on February 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Kasich and the Ohio House and Senate leadership blew this. They might have had a much better chance if they had followed Scott Walker’s approach and excluded police and firefighters.

BuckeyeSam on February 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I don’t get it. Last year Ohio voted 2:1 in favor of more union power. And now, 4 months later they’re in support of taking away union power.

It leads me to believe most people in Ohio have no effing clue what’s going on.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Ohioans did NOT vote for more union power. They were scared into believing a vote for SB 5 would cut all police and fireman and no one would be safe. I spoke to many reasonable people that could not get over this lie.

January on February 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Ok, so Ohioans just lack critical thinking skills? I can see that.

We have a major dearth of that over in PA as well ><

cmsciulli on February 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I would imagine Indiana passing Right to Work may have had an impact on the opinions of voters in Ohio. They don’t want to see more jobs go, and IN is right next door.

earlgrey133 on February 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

This would be front #4, along with Wisconsin, Arizona, and Indiana.

Minnesota could become front #5 if the legislature manages to get a referendum on the ballot since Governor “Brave Sir Robin” refuses to sign it.

The union war chest is going to be completely tapped out after this election season at this rate.

teke184 on February 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

From MSNBC …

Indiana joins 22 other states with right-to-work laws, most of them in the South and West, and its action could encourage other states to pass similar laws. Similar bills have been introduced this year in Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and West Virginia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lost in Jersey on February 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM

As I’ve been posting: 49 states will have right to work before IL–if ever it’s even considered here, but we’ll run out of jobs long before that happens. And I don’t know about the other 7 states.

stukinIL4now on February 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I’m not sure if that’s 100% true. I think there’s a shot that Illinois goes RTW before Michigan, if only because the UAW will lose their collective minds if the plants there become open shop.

teke184 on February 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Cindy Munford on February 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Have they started to cull the recently added herd yet. Seems to be a tad more civil lately. I’ve been mostly lurking…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Indiana joins 22 other states with right-to-work laws, most of them in the South and West, and its action could encourage other states to pass similar laws. Similar bills have been introduced this year in Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and West Virginia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Oh $hit son, it’s on.

I can see Mizzou and New Hampshire passing these laws.

I’m less sure about Maryland, Joisey, and West Virginia, but that means three more states where the unions have to pour money to keep the status quo.

teke184 on February 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Ohio is solidly going blue next year. The Governor barked at the wrong tree…

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

No freakin’ chance, princess.

OhioCoastie on February 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Unions will just pull the same BS. “Gov Kasich want’s to prevent police from buying bullet proof vests” and whatever lies they had the first time.

Zaggs on February 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It’s always a little bit different the people speak.

LizardLips on February 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

54/40 and fight.

Gotta hand it to you, Ed. You pull out some golden oldies from time to time. Kudos!

rogaineguy on February 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Ohioans did NOT vote for more union power. They were scared into believing a vote for SB 5 would cut all police and fireman and no one would be safe. I spoke to many reasonable people that could not get over this lie.

January on February 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Let me piggyback again on January. You need to distinguish private-sector and public-sector unions. Yes, Ohio has tended to be pro-union, though not crazy liberal. But I think Ohioans are looking around at a declining population, empty factories, and private-sector-union retirees doing quite nicely or employees doing nothing but whining. So, I think they may be inclined to say that unions are running jobs out of the state.

It also helps to remind Ohioans that the late Mr. Big-Spending-and-Big-Taxation Senator Howard Metzenbaum changed his residence in his retirement to Florida so that he could avoid Ohio income tax and Ohio estate tax. What a great guy!

That said, as January mentioned, the Ohio GOP lost total control of the narrative. The effort got outspent by something like 3 to 1. It was funny, too, in my local paper (The Cincinnati Enquirer), there seemed to be a war on its staff over the issue. The “news” reporting always seemed to slanted to the unions, but the editorials favored the reform. But people were convinced that the firefighters wouldn’t show up.

Now, all the municipalities and school districts are making huge cuts. Surprise!

BuckeyeSam on February 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I don’t get it. Last year Ohio voted 2:1 in favor of more union power. And now, 4 months later they’re in support of taking away union power.

It leads me to believe most people in Ohio have no effing clue what’s going on.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I live here in OH and agree with the earlier postings about the voters being intimidated. I live in a union town and the teachers rattled students cages to go tell mommy/daddy to vote against SB5. Cops, firefighters too. The unions bullied any voice of opposition to a no vote on 5. Neighbors (like me) got singled out, kids got “uninvited” and every piece of advertisement I saw was something to the effect of save our teachers/cops/firefighters without us you’ll die! kind of an ad. Our economy here is terrible, housing prices plummeting, and our union neighbors live high on their neighbor’s teat. I pray voters in all states find the courage to vote for liberty over tyranny.

redmama on February 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I’m less sure about Maryland, Joisey, and West Virginia, but that means three more states where the unions have to pour money to keep the status quo.

teke184 on February 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM

BTW, I wasn’t trying to paint a rosey picture that Jersey was anywhere near passing RTW legislation. It’s been introduced in the past and went nowhere. My point is, as you stated, the more states where unions have to spend money and resources lobbying to get RTW defeated, the less they’ll be able to spend in states where there really is a prayer of passing it.

If the NEA is a crime boss, then the NJEA is the mustle. RTW is unlikely to even see the light of day here. Sorry, but Christie’s utubes beating up on the NJEA are not telling the real story.

Lost in Jersey on February 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

The reason our SB5 got rolled back was the 24/7 stream of ads about how all police and firemen would be laid off and we’d basically be left to fend for ourselves if it wasn’t overturned. The dems made it sound like there would be all out anarchy in Ohio if it were allowed to stand.

Pathetic that so many fell for it.

tdpwells on February 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

It was extremely disgusting. The union people knew they were living large on the backs of others, and would kill to keep it. It is no different than the Mafia.

Mitch Daniels just signed into law RTW. Kasich should do the same or he will continue to lose good people to brain drain. Ohio State University is a huge employer and single-handedly keeping the state afloat, but not everyone can work there.

antisense on February 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

That said, as January mentioned, the Ohio GOP lost total control of the narrative. The effort got outspent by something like 3 to 1. It was funny, too, in my local paper (The Cincinnati Enquirer), there seemed to be a war on its staff over the issue. The “news” reporting always seemed to slanted to the unions, but the editorials favored the reform. But people were convinced that the firefighters wouldn’t show up.

Now, all the municipalities and school districts are making huge cuts. Surprise!

BuckeyeSam on February 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I was thinking of going down that road (“news” driven narrative). Glad to see that was in fact the case from a local perspective. :)

mr_west on February 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Take a look at the map of RTW states. They closely mirror which states go Republican and which states go Dem. If Republican governors are NOT pushing for RTW legislation, they are doing it wrong…

antisense on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Oh how I wish we could do the Right to Work thing here in CA, but that’s a pipe dream since our governor, Moonbeam, was bought by unions.
It’s hard being a conservative in a state full of morons. I wish I was in a position to leave but sadly, I cannot.

RadioAngel on February 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

RTW has a much greater chance of succeeding in Ohio given the recent passage in Indiana and the continuing sluggish economy in Ohio. SB5 failed because Buckeyes don’t like being told what to do. Give them a chance to vote for themselves, however, and they’re very likely to vote in favor of RTW and the chance to keep more of their own money.

HoosierStateofMind on February 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I don’t get it. Last year Ohio voted 2:1 in favor of more union power. And now, 4 months later they’re in support of taking away union power.

It leads me to believe most people in Ohio have no effing clue what’s going on.

It’s as true of voters here in OH as it is in most other places sadly.

OH SB5 had a few problems.

1) It included police and firefighters. While their unions are unquestionable part of the PEU problem, they themselves are (rightfully) quite popular.

2) The unions spent a LOT of money on the campaign, and this combined with 1 provided for a lot of “don’t vote aginst your firemen” ads that were as dishonest as they were effective

3) Unlike in WI, the OH law never took effect, so we didn’t have the sotries of school districts saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on benefits, all while not laying anyone off. There was no “good news” to fight the union accusations with.

SB5 was a great idea but it bit too much off at once. RTW is a good way to start small on reigning unions in. Plus, it’s hard for those mush-brained casual voters to vote against something that sounds as good as a “Right to Work”.

Unfortunately, this applies only to private sector unions. It’s the PEUs that are helping to blow local and state budgets up.

FuzzyLogic on February 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

This poll must really unnerve Santorum.
EddieC on February 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I realize his legislative voting record agrees with you, but I’m pretty sure he likes this.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

As a proud resident of a Right to Work state, let me encourage all voters and workers to do whatever it takes for your state to also become what is REALLY a worker’s paradise – NOT BEING CONTROLLED BY LEFTIST UNION THUGS AND NOT HAVING YOUR MONEY CONFISCATED IN DUES THAT GO STRAIGHT TO THE D-CRAT SOCIALIST PARTY!

TeaPartyNation on February 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Now, all the municipalities and school districts are making huge cuts. Surprise!

BuckeyeSam on February 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I, too, live in Ohio. In the same election to defeat SB5, our local school district sought a levy increase for the 2nd time (was defeated the 1st time). The levy went down again in this election. The school board announced all kinds of cuts that would have to be made including reduced busing. Interestingly, AFTER the election (AFTER SB5 defeat), it came out that our district has bus drivers making $22/hour and school crossing guards (CROSSING GUARDS for crying out loud; can’t this be a volunteer position?) making $16/hour. I couldn’t believe that we PAY crossing guards and that both they and bus drivers (part-time positions) were unionized and getting this kind of money.

I really thought that Kasich and the GOP should have attempted RTW first, then go after the PEU’s. I just hope this Q-poll is really reflective of the possibility of RTW. I have feared that Kasich used up his political capital going after unions on the SB5 defeat.

Bitter Clinger on February 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Bitter Clinger on February 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I should also note that our lovely school board is going for a 3rd bite at the apple and trying to raise the levy again in the March 6th primary. There hoping that the reduced busing will lead parents that voted the levy down in Nov. we’ll reconsider and swing their votes the other way. Tyranny at the local level.

Bitter Clinger on February 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The progression of Kasich’s approval differences is -16 in October to -9 in January to the current -6. That is a very strong progression.

burt on February 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

No RTW polling that I’ve heard of in the GNJ (got no jobs) state of IL. As I’ve been posting: 49 states will have right to work before IL–if ever it’s even considered here, but we’ll run out of jobs long before that happens. And I don’t know about the other 7 states.

stukinIL4now on February 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM

New Jersey is probably among those 7 states. Hell will freeze solid before we have RTW. The teachers in public schools are gloating openly about it.

Archivarix on February 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Right to work is the democrats’ gay marriage – just progressing at a faster pace. It’ll be a matter of time till it’s the law except in a few deep blue states.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 4:12 PM

The pro SB5 forces ran a miserable campaign never mentioning the fact that it applied to the legions of pencil pushers all over the state, not just the safety forces who would leave us all to die. They also never mentioned the bloated government and the accrued pension and medical benefits whose costs are not covered. The Republican Party until 2006, was dominated by a tired unimaginative establishment who were swept from office by the Democrats. The voters corrected that mistake in 2010, and all are now gone except Sherrod Brown who is up this year. The Republicans did push through redistricting, and now Kaptur and Kucinich are running against each other. Elections were tightened up after Soros SofS Brunner was sent packing, but now they are caving in under pressure from the unions and Democrats. They will get no support from the major newspapers since they are in the tank for the Democrats.

FirelandsO3 on February 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Ohioans are no different than the rest of the country. 99% get their news from the networks or newspapers that are driving Obama’s agenda.

Ohio, and Kasich, suffered badly for lack of funding to go up against union advertising. The entire state thought fire and police services were going to be cut. Simply not true.

The reasons for the indy shift are 1) they now realize it was all a lie and union employees are being cut because SB5 was defeated and 2) the Occupy movement is seen for what it is – organized union terrorist activity.

rookwood on February 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM