New Poll: Ohioans prefer balanced approach to balance budget


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A new Ohio poll was released today, showing that Governor Kasich has a 40% approval rating and 47% disapproval. But the more interesting finding was that, when asked about their preferred approach to balancing the state budget, a majority – 53% – indicated they would like to see a balanced approach combining spending cuts and tax increases to one that uses only tax increases or cuts alone.

The poll probed further the order of preference for cuts among those respondents who indicated that was their preferred approach to balancing the budget:

“What area of the state budget would you MOST like to see spending reductions . . . ”

Funding for Local Government         33%
Prisons and Public Safety         15
Colleges and Universities         13
Health Care for the Elderly and Those with Lower Incomes           8
Kindergarten Through High School Education           6
Libraries           5
Other         11
Don’t Know           9

We caution readers that this is not incredibly illuminating. While asked about cutting “local government”, it was the least popular option to protect from cuts, we wonder what the results would look like if asked about cuts to police and fire, which is what local government funds from the state typically pays for. It does remind us a lesson learned in 2009 budget negotiations: don’t mess with libraries.

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