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Two new polls show former Republican Rep. John Kasich leading Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in the Ohio gubernatorial race.

A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Aug. 30 has Kasich ahead 47 percent to 39 percent with 7 percent preferring some other candidate and 7 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. In mid-August, Kasich's margin over Strickland was 48 percent to 40 percent and at the beginning of that month it was 45 percent to 42 percent.

If "leaners" are included -- those who did not express an initial preference but were pressed to make a choice -- Kasich leads by 52 percent to 40 percent.

John Kasich, Ted Strickland A Public Policy Polling survey conducted Aug. 27-29 has Kasich ahead of Strickland by 50 percent to 40 percent, with 10 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.5 points. In PPP's last Ohio poll in June, Kasich's lead was only 43 percent to 41 percent.

Both polls show majorities of voters with negative views of Strickland. In Rasmussen's poll, voters disapprove of the job he is doing by a 59 percent to 39 percent margin, and he is seen unfavorably by 53 percent compared to 42 percent who view him positively.

PPP says voters disapprove of Strickland's performance by 52 percent to 34 percent with 14 percent undecided.

A third of voters in PPP's survey do not know enough about Kasich to be sure of their opinion of him and that is true for 15 percent in the Rasmussen poll, suggesting that, at this stage of the campaign, the election looks more like a referendum on Strickland than a groundswell for Kasich.

Both polls show Kasich commanding a higher level of support among fellow Republicans than Strickland does among Democrats. In PPP's survey, Kasich gets 89 percent of GOP voters compared to Strickland's 78 percent among Democrats. In Rasmussen's poll, Kasich gets 86 percent compared to Strickland's 75 percent.

Kasich leads Strickland among independents (20 percent of the sample) in the PPP poll by 44 percent to 33 percent, with 23 percent undecided. In the Rasmussen poll, Kasich's lead among unaffiliated voters is 56 percent to 22 percent with the balance undecided or preferring another candidate. Rasmussen does not provide the size of the samples it uses for parties and independents.

PPP's Dean Debnam says, ""Republicans are united around John Kasich, and independents are likely to go strongly toward him as well. To win, Ted Strickland has the Herculean task of bringing disloyal Democrats back to the fold and getting more of his party faithful out to the polls than plan to vote now."

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gtheel

The current administration is making it very easy for Repuplican canidates from most every state whether its Governors , Senators or Congressmen. Michigans Republican Governor has the biggest lead in the entire country over the Democrat, and the only reason the two Senators there are safe , is that there not up for re-election. Its not Just Ohio , but also Indiana , Michigan , Wisconsin , and even Illinois that are switching to Republicans.

September 02 2010 at 9:56 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Norma

I SEE HOW THIS WORKS......We are supposed to concentrate on the DATE of the "Restoring Honor in America" Rally, and miss the point of the actual rally. This must be what it is like to be a magician. You make the person look in one direction, so that they focus their mind on only what you want them to see. HOW CLEVER.........BUT IT JUST DIDN'T WORK THIS TIME. MLK would have been proud to be a part of the "Restoring Honor in America" Rally, and those attending would have been honored for him to have spoken. Instead, his brilliant niece spoke at her own peril, because other members of his family were busy whining about the date of the "Restoring Honor in America" Rally, and trying to get the American people to focus in another direction. MLK was the type of man who would not have put his faith in dates, but would have been proud to stand toe to toe with men and women of honor. SHAME ON ANYONE WHO FINDS FAULT WITH A RALLY, IN WASHINGTON, WHERE MEN AND WOMEN ARE RALLYING TO RESTORE HONOR TO AMERICA. You are the very reasons that the rally was held, to begin with. And, we all know that if the rally was held any other day, you would have just found something else to complain about. So, put away your magic tricks, and your slight of hand, and look into your own selves to find the honor that is so much needed in this country. You know it's there......all you have to do is find it, and display it.....It won't hurt, and we will all be better off because you succeeded in your discovery.

September 02 2010 at 12:13 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
jimstngry

The republican controlled federal government did a number on Ohio in the past decade, sent all our machinery overseas with Bush's tax incentives to help corporations rake in more greed. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize the jobs went along with the machinery overseas. Yes, the repubs were corpoarate freindly. Governor Strickland is "people freindly" he didn't have much of a chance to stop the feds. He has tried to regain state tax by other means but the gop has held him at bay whenever they could,that's politics! The working class needs to become much more involved in politics and restrict the lobbist that are running the majority of the government and the supreme court. Only 20% of Americans watch the evening news.. fox views is commentary opinionated news owned by billioaire news hoarder that is married to a Chineese communist. Are we scared yet? Please watch the evening news,become informed and vote!

September 02 2010 at 12:11 AM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply
klrav6

Just what we need, instead of a minister, we get a Wall Street millionaire, now look how that has worked for the average Joe in Ohio? Let's just lower some more taxes on those poor old rich folks, and we can all just drink in the trickle down kool aid.

September 01 2010 at 10:46 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
chuck

if you liked taft..you'll love fox news kasich...Ohio will be doomed again...dems. have to stick to their dems.epublicans do. we can't afford another republican as gov....tax break for the rich and increases for the middle class ...wake up Ohio

September 01 2010 at 9:30 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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tnkrtrsh

have you read what you've written? pretty bad!!! How is ohio doing on the jobs front? thia is not a business friendly admin

September 01 2010 at 10:49 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

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