FitzGerald talks about poll numbers

Ed FitzGerald

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A new poll shows that Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald has gained little ground against Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut shows Republican Kasich ahead of FitzGerald 48 percent to 36 percent.

The same poll in May had Kasich leading by a 50-to-35 percent margin.

The July 24 to 28 survey notes that many Ohioans still don’t know much about FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive. The survey said 65 percent of voters don’t know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion of him.

Fifty-five percent of Ohioans questioned approve of the job Kasich is doing. He was elected governor in 2010.

The survey of 1,366 Ohio voters has a margin-of-error of just under 3 percentage points. The election is Nov. 4.

On Friday, it was a packed house at the Maronite Center for a big Democratic party rally, which included FitzGerald.

He said it’s important to not look too heavily at any one poll.

“I would just say that there was one poll that said that and there are lots that don’t. We have polls from my county that says our name ID is 90 percent. It just depends on the poll. The polls are all over the place,” FitzGerald said.

FitzGerald did acknowledge that the governor is at an advantage when it comes to name recognition, and that name recognition is important to win votes. He said his campaign started television advertising last month and he expects that will help make his name more recognizable.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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