An overwhelming majority of Ohio voters favor repealing a new anti-union law backed by Gov. John Kasich and opposition to the measure has increased sharply in the last month, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
The survey found 57 percent of voters said they support the repeal of what is know as “SB 5,” while 32 percent said they are against the bill’s repeal, amounting to a 25-point margin against the measure. In September, there was just a 13-point margin, with 51 percent saying they supported the repeal of SB 5 and 38 percent indicating they were against it.
The measure, which Kasich signed earlier this year, reduces the collective bargaining rights of the state’s public workers.
Support for repealing SB 5 fell noticeably along party lines, with 59 percent of Republicans wanting the bill’s repeal, compared with 77 percent of Democrats who want the measure scrapped. Among independents, 56 percent said they back repeal.
Not surprisingly, voters who consider themselves a part of a union household were more likely to show enthusiasm for repealing the anti-union bill – 70 percent of voters in union households said they want the measure rolled back against 52 percent of voters from non-union households.
Meanwhile, the Republican governor’s disapproval rating was 52 percent this month, down from a 49 percent disapproval in September’s survey.
The survey, conducted on Oct. 17-23, polled 1,668 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
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