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  Ohio Governor: Strickland Leads

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

November 15, 2005

Election 2006

Ohio Governor

Strickland (D) 42%
Blackwell  (R) 36%
Other 6%


Election 2006

Ohio Governor

Strickland (D) 39%
Kasich (R) 33%
Other 7%



November 17, 2005--Democratic Congressman Ted Strickland holds a six-point lead over two possible Republican candidates in the race to become Ohio's next Governor.

Strickland leads Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell by a 42% to 36% margin. Six percent (6%) say that they would prefer a third party candidate and 15% are not sure.

Strickland leads former Congressman John Kasich 39% to 33%. This match-up leads 7% to prefer some other candidate and 21% are undecided.

Other candidates could emerge as the nominee for either party. In January 2006, Rasmussen Reports will begin regular polling of both the Primary and General Election prospects in Ohio. CrossTabs and other information is available for Premium Members.

The current Ohio Governor, Republican Bob Taft, has a 19% Job Approval Rating. Seventy-nine percent (79%) disapprove, including 52% who strongly disapprove.

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Strickland is viewed favorably by 40% of Ohio voters and unfavorably by 21%. Blackwell has the highest name recognition in the state, with 42% holding a favorable opinion and 39% an unfavorable opinion of him.

Kasich is viewed favorably by 41% and unfavorably by 27%.

The U.S. Senate race in Ohio is also shaping up to be very competitive.

Ohio voters favor confirming Judge Alito to the Supreme Court by a 44% to 28% margin. Twenty-six percent (26%) of Hackett's supporters say they believe Alito should be confirmed.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 15, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).

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