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Northeast Ohio Republicans: Issue 2 Fight Could Hurt GOP In Ohio

Our Republican Insiders say last year's fight over collective bargaining rights could hurt the party's chances at winning Ohio's electoral votes in this November's presidential election.

Will the in Ohio hurt the GOP's chances in this year's presidential election?

More than half of the Republican insiders surveyed by Patch say it's too soon to tell or that they didn't know.

But 14 out of 50 of those surveyed think the Senate Bill 5 / Issue 2 effort, led by Republican Gov. John Kasich, will hurt the GOP's chances in Ohio.

Only four of 50 responders believe the fight will help the Republicans.

Issue 2's effect is also seen in what Ohioans our Republican insiders . Only one said they wanted Kasich, by the Issue 2 ballot defeat, to be vice president.

"I think that killed the governor," said one Republican who took the survey. "I supported the governor, saw him and voted for him. I’ve never seen people so angry about anything before."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch will be conducting Red Northeast Ohio and Blue Northeast Ohio surveys throughout the election eason in hopes of determining the true sentiment of Republicans and Democrats on the ground in Ohio.

Our surveys are not a scientific random sample of any larger population but rather an effort to listen to a swath of influential local Republicans and Democrats. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in the surveys, although not all responded to this week's questions. Surveys were conducted between July 10 and July 16, 2012.
 
If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in a weekly surveys that lasts just a few minutes, please email Senior Regional Editor Jean Dubail at jean.dubail@patch.com

Adam C. Miller July 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Enough of this partisan political CRAP! If Ohioans were 'smart' they would elect more Independents and VOTE OUT career politicians!
Adam C. Miller July 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Those are the actual numbers... Clinton + 8 years = Nat. Debt $5.7 trillion. Bush + 8 years = Nat. Debt $10.7 trillion. Obama + 3.5 years = Nat. Debt $15.9 trillion. It's not hard to understand...
lyn July 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Yes! You mentioned one important thing - Clinton had the ability to adjust and work with the Republicans. There were many things I liked about Clinton and both Bush men. But I can't say the same about Obama.
lyn July 21, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Adam- You said: " If Ohioans were 'smart' they would elect more Independents and VOTE OUT career politicians" But, look what Mayor Jackson and Gov. Kasich were able to do together - a reform plan for Cleveland schools. It can be done if people would be willing to work together.
Adam C. Miller July 22, 2012 at 01:35 AM
They've done a good job...

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