While sitting at a hotel in beautiful downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (Best Western - the nicest one I have ever seen), I came across this Quinnipiac poll from a few weeks ago, and there were a few numbers that were interesting. First, take a look at these three questions:
How satisfied are you with the way things are going on Ohio?
Very Satisfied 2%
Somewhat Satisfied 30%
Somewhat Dissatisfied 39%
Very Dissatisfied 28%
Do you approve of the way Strickland is handling the economy?
Do you think Strickland will improve education in Ohio?
Do Not Know 40%
Based on this, you would think that Strickland would be in trouble as we head toward next year's election. Despite the support he received when he was elected, and how Democrats have done over the past few years, these numbers seem a little low. Despite the dissatisfaction, Republicans do not appear to be making any advances...
In the 2010 election for Governor, who would you (registered Republicans) select as your candidate?
Mike DeWine 32%
John Kasich 27%
Kevin Coughlin 2%
Someone Else 2%
Do Not Know 37%
Who would you vote for Governor?
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Strickland is handling his job?
My favorite question in the poll:
Is the passenger train service between Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Cleveland a good idea?
Good Idea 64%
Bad Idea 29%
Do Not Know 7%
If train service is established, would you use it?
Very Likely 18%
Somewhat Likely 28%
Not Too Likely 14%
Not Likely At All 39%
So - the train service is a great idea, but no one is going to use it? Sounds like the perfect use of stimulus money. It's a good thing none of it is being wasted.