Poll: FitzGerald gains little ground against Kasich

According to the Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic challenger in the race for Ohio governor, remains largely unknown and is gaining little ground against Republican Gov. John Kasich who leads 48 - 36 percent.

This compares to a 50 - 35 percent Kasich lead in a May 14 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.

Accordign to Quinnipiac, the traditional gender gap exists as men back the Republican 53 - 31 percent, while women are divided, with 43 percent for Gov. Kasich and 41 percent for FitzGerald.

Kasich leads 92 - 2 percent among Republicans and 47 - 28 percent among independent voters, while Democrats go to FitzGerald 78 - 9 percent.

Related: Quinnipiac University Poll

Ohio voters approve 55 - 31 percent of the job Kasich is doing, virtually unchanged from his all-time high of 56 - 33 percent May 14. Voters say 50 - 37 percent that he deserves reelection, compared to 53 - 37 percent in May, according to Quinnipiac.

Kasich gets a 46 - 30 percent favorability rating, little changed from May, according to the poll.

Less than 100 days before election, 65 percent of Ohio voters don't know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion of him.

"County Executive Ed FitzGerald is gaining little or no ground in his bid to unseat incumbent Gov. John Kasich. The Democratic nominee still has a long way to go with little more than three months until Election Day," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Almost two-thirds of registered voters don't know enough about FitzGerald to have an opinion of him. That's an awful lot of Ohioans who still have to be introduced to him. This survey was conducted during the period in which the Democrat had just begun his television advertising buy."

A total of 60 percent of Ohio voters are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the way things are going in the state, while 39 percent are somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.

Kasich gets strong character scores, while FitzGerald remains plagued by lack of voter recognition.


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