In the most recent political poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, Ohio Governor John Kasich is playing third fiddle to GOP league leaders New York City billionaire developer Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.
Q-polling also showed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is holding her leads in three key states—Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania—but loses ground among Democrats in all three states with big Electoral College votes. Vice President Joseph Biden and Carson are the best general election candidates in these key swing states, polling showed.
The Swing State Poll focused on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, because since 1960 no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of these three states. Gov. Kasich, whio tried and failed once before to be the center of attention in Republican politics, is at just 2 percent in Florida and 3 percent in Pennsylvania.
“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich both are losing their native son support among Republicans, while the leading contenders for the Republican nomination in these swing states are non-government candidates Trump and Carson and to a lesser degree Carly Fiorina,” Q-Poll notes.
Pennsylvania Poll Finds Kasich A Bottom Dweller
In another new poll out that got little to no attention on who’s up and who’s down in the Keystone State, Gov. Kasich, who says his fate lies in the hands of New Hampshire voters come February, is mired in the low-single digits [3%] again. In the 2016 Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics survey of registered Republicans in Pennsylvania, Gov. Kasich ranks dead last out of 11 candidates at 27 percent in favorability ratings. Carson, Marco Rubio and Jeb! Bush are the top three leaders in this category.
“If the primary election was held today, who would you vote for?” those surveyed were asked. Not good for Ohio’s governor, Mr. Kasich is tied at just 3 percent with Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul.
“How about John Kasich? (Is your opinion strongly favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or strongly unfavorable?)” Kasich’s “strong favorability” is canceled out by those who opinion of him is “strongly unfavorable.” Mr. Kasich may consider the 33 percent of surveyed registered voters who “do not recognize” him as his biggest asset going forward.
According to today’s Q-Poll, Ohio Republicans go 23 percent for Trump, compared to 21 percent in August. Carson gets 18 percent, with 13 percent for Kasich, 11 percent for Cruz, 10 percent for Fiorina, 7 percent for Rubio and 4 percent for Bush. No other candidate, the release said, tops 3 percent and 6 percent are undecided. Among Republicans, 29 percent say they would “definitely not support” Trump.
In the same poll, Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic field in Ohio with 40 percent with Vice President Biden at 21 percent with 19 percent for Sanders and 11 percent undecided. Only 14 percent would not vote for Clinton.
In general election matchups, Biden barely trails Carson but beats Bush, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Trump. Clinton loses narrowly to Bush, Carson, Fiorina and Rubio but beats Trump. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, also loses narrowly to Bush, Carson, Fiorina and Rubio. Sanders, like Clinton, beats Trump. Ohio voters give Clinton a negative 38 – 56 percent favorability rating and say 61 – 33 percent she is not honest and trustworthy.
“Gov. John Kasich’s big card was his enormous popularity in Ohio, generally considered the most important swing state in the November election,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said.
“But with Trump zooming well past him in the Buckeye State and Kasich’s numbers in Florida and Pennsylvania in low single digits, the Ohio governor’s campaign is going in the wrong direction.”