Gov. John Kasich leads Democrat Ed FitzGerald by 5 percentage points, but he trails Hillary Clinton by 12, according to a Quinnipiac poll of Ohioans released Thursday.
The race in which Kasich leads FitzGerald is real: Kasich is running for re-election this fall, and FitzGerald is the likely Democratic challenger.
Kasich’s deficit to Clinton is in a purely hypothetical matchup for the presidency in 2016.
Clinton, the Democrat and former U.S. secretary of state, senator and first lady, leads all Republicans in the field. The closest is U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, whom she leads 49 percent to 40 percent. Next closest is Kasich at 51 percent to 39 percent.
From a national perspective, Quinnipiac’s Ohio survey of 2016 matchups is noteworthy because Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plummeted and now trails Clinton 49 percent to 36 percent. In November, he trailed Clinton by 1 percentage point.
“The George Washington Bridge is not in Ohio, but voters there seem very aware of its traffic problems — and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s traffic problems,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The other Republicans considered in the poll were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.
Fifty-five percent of Ohioans polled said Clinton would make a good president; 34 percent said the same thing of Kasich.
President Barack Obama’s approval rating is still underwater at 40 percent, but it is up from 34 percent in November.
Quinnipiac’s telephone poll interviewed 1,370 registered Ohio voters via both landlines and cellphones from Feb. 12 through Monday. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
Joe Vardon - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
©2014 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)
Visit The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio) at www.dispatch.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services