44 Percent Say Ohio Right to Life Endorsement Makes a Difference
Columbus - Independent and Republican Ohio voters overwhelmingly believe the state is on the wrong track, and a majority of Ohioans surveyed have a positive perception of Ohio Right to Life, according to poll numbers released today by Ohio Right to Life Society. Also, a majority of Republicans consider themselves "Tea Party patriots," while Democrats and independent voters do not. Comprehensive poll crosstabs are available here.
"Our survey shows the electorate's mood is one of general unease with some sharp partisan differences as we head into Tuesday's primary elections," said Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis. "With many contested high profile primary elections, voters are poised to send a clear message with both their choices and the intensity of their turnout."
The Wenzel Strategies survey of 777 registered Ohio voters shows deep divisions between the two major political parties, with independent voters siding with Republicans. For example, 69 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of independents believe the state is on the wrong track. However, 52 percent of Democrats surveyed believe Ohio is heading in the right direction.
The divergence in Ohioans' views is greater when asked opinions on the Tea Party movement. Nearly 63 percent of Republicans consider themselves to be "Tea Party patriots." Only 11 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of independent voters associate themselves with the movement.
The survey found Ohioans have an overall positive view of Ohio Right to Life, with over 51 percent of respondents viewing the organization in a favorable light. Forty-four percent reported Ohio Right to Life's candidate endorsements make a difference in their electoral decisions. However, the organization's endorsements have greater influence among Republicans. Over 58 percent of Republicans surveyed said it was important, while only 27 percent of Democrats responded it made a difference. Still, over 31 percent of Democrats have a positive view of the organization.
"Our mission at Ohio Right to Life is to promote life and save the unborn, not to polarize or needlessly divide," added Gonidakis. "The fact that many who do not yet support our cause still respect our organization is a significant step toward achieving our goal."
Following are the survey questions and summary findings.
1. Overall in Ohio, would you say things are headed in the right direction or are they off on the wrong track?
Right track: 31.1
Wrong track: 50.5
Not sure: 18.4
2. Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of Ohio Right to Life?
Very favorable: 26.9
Somewhat favorable: 24.3
Somewhat unfavorable: 13.0
Very unfavorable: 12.4
Not sure: 23.4
3. Thinking about elections, when Ohio Right to Life endorses a candidate in a race, does that make you more or less likely to support that candidate?
Much more likely: 16.5
Somewhat more: 27.9
Somewhat less: 15.3
Much less likely: 12.0
No difference: 28.3
4. Do you consider yourself to be a Tea-Party patriot?
The poll questions were asked in conjunction with the Ohio Cultural Index. These results are available in their entirety at http://www.Ohiolife.org. The Index will be released on May 3. The survey was conducted April 16-18, 2010, and included 777 Ohio registered voters contacted by phone. The poll carries a margin of error of +/- 3.49 percentage points.