Ohio’s anti-collective bargaining law, SB 5, passed by Ohio Republicans, is likely to be repealed by Ohio’s voters in next month’s election. According to this Quinnipiac poll, 57 percent of registered voters think the anti-public sector union law should be repealed, while just 32 percent of voters think the law should remain.
This is a mild improvement compared to Quinnipiac’s last poll of the issue in late September. That poll found 51 percent in favor of repeal and 38 percent in support of keeping the law.
While the poll found Republican voters support the law by a margin of 59 to 32 percent, the measure is losing heavily thanks to very strong opposition from both Democrats and Independents. By an overwhelming margin of 77 to 13 percent Democrats think the law should be repealed, and Independents want to see the law repealed by a margin of 56 to 32 percent.
The unions view SB 5 as a death knell for public sector unions in the state. The law is so restrictive it would likely cripple the unions and dramatically shrink their membership rolls. As a result the unions have spent big on both the signature gathering to get the referendum on the ballot, and the campaign supporting the repeal. While turnout can be unpredictable in these off-year elections, it currently looks like the unions are poised to win a major victory.