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Opposition to Issue 2, Senate Bill 5 Grows as Support for Some of the Law’s Provisions Remains Strong

The latest Quinnipiac University poll on Issue 2 finds:

Ohio voters support 57 – 32 percent the repeal of SB 5, the centerpiece of Gov. John Kasich’s legislative program, as the margin against the governor’s measure has almost doubled in the last month, from 51 – 38 percent for repeal September 27, a 13-point margin, to a 25-point margin in today’s Quinnipiac University poll.

However, voters continue to support some elements of Senate Bill 5, including introducing merit-based pay increases rather than seniority-base increases, requiring public workers to pay at least 15 percent of their health insurance premiums, and requiring public workers to pay at least 10 percent of their wages for their pensions.

Attitudes towards Senate Bill 5, or Issue 2, are split along party lines:

While Republicans oppose repeal 59 – 32 percent, their votes are buried under by Democrats who support repeal 77 – 13 percent and independent voters who agree 56 – 32 percent.

And attitudes differ by race and union membership status, among other categories:

  • Whites, 54 percent support repeal – 35 percent oppose repeal
  • Blacks, 76 percent support repeal- 15 percent oppose repeal
  • Voters in union households, 70 percent support repeal- 24 percent oppose repeal
  • Voters in non-union households, 52 percent support repeal – 35 percent oppose repeal

The margin of error in the poll is +/- 2.4 percentage points.

Read full poll results here.

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