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

Erika McCracken July 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I've got a sentiment for K*Sick, but I bet he doesn't want to hear it
Robert Mihaly July 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Serves them right if they go down in flames. You can't keep attacking the people and expect them to support you.
Jason Lea (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I suspect -- and obviously this is just a guess -- that the backlashes of Issue 2 and the Affordable Health Care Act may cancel each other out.
JC July 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
What I want to know is why we keep only seeing "Red Northeast Ohio" articles, and nothing about the Democrats?
Chris Mazzolini (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
JC: Don't worry, we've got surveys from our Democratic insiders coming soon.
Earl Elevant July 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM
*COULD* hurt? It *HAS* hurt them. I won't be voting republican again. Probably for a very long time.
The Truth July 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I learned one thing from issue 2. I will NEVER vote for anyone with R next to their name again. It was an attempt to sell out ALL working people. It's a shame, because I have voted for more R's than D's in my lifetime. I have never seen a piece of legislation soo evil. The R's true colors showed last year. SHAME SHAME
tomcody July 20, 2012 at 06:09 PM
..red and ble what about AMERICA..!!
Adam C. Miller July 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Only in America: Hires16,500 NEW IRS agents... in the name of "health" "care"
Adam C. Miller July 20, 2012 at 07:04 PM
What about Issue 3?
Deb Clinton July 21, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Nothing cancels out the 'affordable' healthcare act...it's only affordable to those not paying a s'''' ton of taxes..thats all it is...another frickin tax
Valerie McGee July 21, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Will still be voting Red. This economy sucks!
Ted Dick July 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I blame Red for the Economy, Bush took over a surplus and sent us to war in search of weapons of mass destruction. The best economy was under Clinton.
lyn July 21, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Ted Dick- A few facts about the national debt: $5.7 trillion - January 2001 $10.7 trillion - December 2008 $15.9 trillion - today, July, 2012
lyn July 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Ted Dick- There is a difference in annual surplus and national debt. There was an ANNUAL surplus in 2000 under Clinton, but there was still trillions in national debt. Also, the roots of the housing crisis (which led to the economic problems in 2008) are traced to under Clinton, when the thinking began that everyone should be able to own a home. Thank you Barney!
James Thomas July 21, 2012 at 03:13 PM
And Erika, no one else does either.
I.M. Wright July 21, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Wow...so you spewed out numbers. Congrats. Too bad you're obviously not smart enough to know how that debt-thing works. It's no different than when you buy stuff on credit. Eventually, the bill comes due.
I.M. Wright July 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
If Democrats in Ohio were smart (for once), they would use the current position (hypocrisy) that Ohio Republicans are taking regarding Kasich's proposed tax cut by FAIRLY taxing the gas/oil industries that are invading Ohio. The Ohio Republicans -- including Roegner (who didn't like a big business/corporation she didn't like, the right-wing corp-whore she is) -- are, once again, siding with big business and playing "taxes will drive them away" card (which is a bunch of crap, which is usual with the current crop of Republicans). Instead of standing up for OHIOANS, they're defending big business to come in here, making $$ hand-over-fist and not have to pay a fair % of taxes (which are still lower than neighboring states) -- even though they'll STILL make $$ hand-over-fist. I would primarily use that against them -- big time -- because Republicans today love to talk about cutting/lowering taxes. Well, here is their chance and they've continued to REFUSE to do so-- all because of big business and to protect their huge contributors from oil/gas companies.
lyn July 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
IMWright/Troy McClure/Jack Kelly/Tom Tucker- I see you are stalking me again this morning - how about stopping?
lyn July 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
and add Meredith to that list of names you use
Adam C. Miller July 21, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I was just about to say the same thing lyn... many people often think our Nationa Debt was in the black after President Clintons term... This is BASIC econimics... Clinton and Congress at the time worked hard and were able to have a budget surplus and that IS GREAT! President Obama has ZERO political clout and that's what seprates him from Leaders like Reagan and Clinton!
Adam C. Miller July 21, 2012 at 05:05 PM
"It's no different than when you buy stuff on credit. Eventually, the bill comes due." EXACTLY... that's the point lol
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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