The Quinnipiac Poll released today shows that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is just one point north of zero, in the percentage of voters nationwide who would vote for him for president. Ohio Republicans won’t be ballyhooing the Q-Poll anytime soon.
And they likely won’t be talking up another poll released today by Public Policy Polling. They will dismiss it, based on their allegation that PPP leans Democratic, much like Democrats who are wary of Rasmussen polling because it skews right. But PPP is as accurate, if not more so than well-accepted Q-polling results.
Notwithstanding political alignments, the good news released today by PPP is that Hillary Clinton, should she be the Democratic nominee in 2016, will vanquish the entire GOP field of wannabee White House dwellers.
And the good news didn’t stop with Team Hillary, it also cascaded positive vibes for Ohio’s last Democratic governor, Ted Strickland, who in spite of being out of Ohio politics for four years, ties Ohio’s junior U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who was elected in the GOP wave election of 2010 that also ushered in John Kasich and a slate of statewide candidates who won second terms last fall. Sen. Portman, once considered a possible presidential choice, now says he just wants a second term, but he is routinely named as a short-list ticket-mate for vice president, on a Republican presidential ticket that might be headed by either Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the two runaway vote getters for president.
Hillary Beats Bush, Walker
“If the candidates for President next time were Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush, who would you vote for?” Hillary Clinton 45 percent, Jeb Bush 40 percent, Not sure 15 percent.
“If the candidates for President next time were Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Scott Walker, who would you vote for?” Hillary Clinton 49 percent, Scott Walker 41 percent, Not sure 11 percent.
Strickland Ties Portman, Portman Drubs Sittenfeld
“If the election for U.S. Senate were today, and the candidates were Democrat Ted Strickland and Republican Rob Portman, who would you vote for?” Ted Strickland 45 percent, Rob Portman 45 percent, Not sure 10 percent.
In the poll, women out numbered men 53-47 percent. Democrats out numbered Republicans 41-36 percent. Whites out numbered African-Americans 85-12 percent. Eighteen to 45 years old were 32 percent compared to 45 percent for 46-85 year-old.
“If the election for U.S. Senate were today, and the candidates were Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld and Republican Rob Portman, who would you vote for?” P.G. Sittenfeld 31 percent, Rob Portman 50 percent, Not sure 20 percent.