Earlier this year, Republicans in Ohio pushed through SB 5, which would extremely limit public sector unions’ collective bargaining rights, effectively crippling public labor unions in the state. Ohio unions have been gathering signatures to put the law to a public referendum this November, and a recent poll by Quinnipiac shows that if they manage to get the issue on the ballot, it will likely be repealed. From Quinnipiac:
Ohio voters disapprove 49 – 38 percent of the job Gov. John Kasich is doing, compared to 46 – 30 disapproval in March, while by 54 – 36 percent they say that SB 5 should be repealed, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Registered voters disapprove of Kasich’s handling of the state budget 53 – 35 percent compared to 51 – 31 percent disapproval in a March 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.
And by 53 – 36 percent they say the governor’s proposals are unfair to people like them, identical to the March 23 survey findings.
While there are still six months until the election (so plenty can change), the unions appear to be in a very strong position. In general, when it comes to issues on the ballot, people are nationally more inclined to vote to keep things as they have been.
In addition with Ohio Gov. Kasich the public face of SB 5, and naturally its most prominent spokesman, so deeply unpopular, it is going to be very difficult for him to campaign to significantly change public opinion about one of his signature pieces of legislation.