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SURVEY: Voters Split On Same-Sex Marriage, In Favor Of Medical Marijuana

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With one week to the Ohio Primary, Buckeye voters are focused on job creation, ahead of health care and taxes, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for NBC4.

Job creation is especially driving the ballot-box decisions of lower-income voters, men and middle-aged voters. Healthcare is on the mind of seniors, and Republicans, though for different reasons. Taxes are motivating young voters, conservatives, and voters with children.

Ohio voters oppose the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, 54 percent to 37 percent. Whites and blacks, and Democrats and Republicans, see the issue in stark contrast.

Ohio voters support the medical use of marijuana, 56 percent to 37 percent, with opposition coming from seniors and conservatives.

Ohio voters split on the issue of same-sex marriage. 43 percent support legalizing gay marriage. 49 percent oppose. 48 percent say Ohio should recognize same-sex marriages that have been performed in other states; 45 percent say Ohio should not recognize such marriages.

Heading into the final week before the Primary:
  • 46 percent approve of the job that Republican John Kasich is doing as Governor. 39 percent disapprove.
  • 33 percent have a favorable opinion of Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald; 23 percent have an unfavorable opinion; significantly: 45% have no opinion of Fitzgerald.
  • 46 percent of voters say Ohio is on the right track; 43 percent say Ohio is on the wrong track.
In a hypothetical election today for Governor of Ohio, 46 percent would vote for incumbent Republican Kasich, 36 percent would vote for Democratic challenger Fitzgerald. In a separate hypothetical election today for Governor, 50 percent would vote for Kasich if he were opposed by Democratic challenger Larry Ealy, who gets 25 percent.

FULL SURVEY RESULTS:
1

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

Which one issue is the most influential in your decision to vote? (choices rotated) Taxes? Public Safety? Job creation? Healthcare? Education? Gay Marriage? Medical Marijuana? Environmental issues such as fracking? Or something else?

16%

Taxes

1%

Public Safety

28%

Job Creation

17%

Healthcare

12%

Education

6%

Gay Marriage

7%

Medical Marijuana

6%

Environmental Issues

7%

Other/not Sure

2

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

Do you approve or disapprove of the job John Kasich is doing as Governor?

46%

Approve

39%

Disapprove

15%

Not Sure

3

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

In general, is Ohio ... on the right track and should continue following the current agenda? Or on the wrong track and needs to pursue new policies?

46%

Right Track

43%

Wrong Track

11%

Not Sure

4

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

If there were an election for Governor of Ohio, and the only candidates were ... Republican John Kasich, Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, and Green Party candidate Anita Rios, who would you vote for?

46%

Kasich (R)

36%

Fitzgerald (D)

4%

Rios (G)

14%

Undecided

5

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

What if the only candidates for governor were ...Republican John Kasich, Democrat Larry Ealy, and Green Party Candidate Anita Rios? Who would you vote for?

50%

Kasich (R)

25%

Ealy (D)

7%

Rios (G)

18%

Undecided

6

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

At this stage of the Governor's race, is your opinion of Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald ... Favorable? Unfavorable? Or do you have no opinion of Ed Fitzgerald?

33%

Favorable

23%

Unfavorable

45%

No Opinion

7

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

The Affordable Care Act, which changed the health care law in the United States, is also known as Obamacare. Is your opinion of the affordable care act ... Favorable? Unfavorable? Or do you have no opinion of the Affordable Care Act?

37%

Favorable

54%

Unfavorable

9%

No Opinion

8

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 2.3%

In the 2010 general election for Ohio Governor, did you get a chance to vote? Or did you not get a chance to vote?

91%

Got a Chance

6%

Did Not Get a Chance

2%

Can't Recall

9

  Asked of 565 who voted in 2010

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4.2%

In the 2010 general election for Governor of Ohio, who did you vote for?

48%

Kasich (R)

46%

Strickland (D)

1%

Matesz (L)

1%

Spisak (G)

4%

Don't Recall

10

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

Gay marriage is not on the ballot in the May Primary, but we would like to know your feelings on the subject; do you believe that Ohio should legalize gay marriage?

43%

Yes

49%

No

8%

Not Sure

11

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

Do you believe that Ohio should recognize gay marriages that were performed in other states?

48%

Yes

45%

No

6%

Not Sure

12

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4%

Medical marijuana is not on the ballot in the May Primary, but we would like to know your feelings on the subject; do you believe that Ohio should legalize medical marijuana?

56%

Yes

37%

No

7%

Not Sure

13

  Asked of 618 likely voters

  Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 3.9%

Some actions of the Ohio government are reviewable by citizens and by the media, and other actions of the Ohio government are private, and cannot be reviewed by citizens or by the media. Ohio's economic development programs have been made private, and may no longer be reviewed by citizens or the media. Do you think this change was made to ... Improve economic development success? Or to prevent public examination?

21%

Improve Economic Development Success

63%

Prevent Public Examination

16%

Not Sure

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