Last week, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted validated a small mountain of signatures collected for a referendum on SB5, Ohio's controversial collective bargaining law, meaning that the issue will indeed appear on ballots this November.
In early polling by Quinnipiac, SB5 is just about as unpopular as the unpopular Mr. Kasich who pushed the unpopular bill on Ohio. According to the PD, when asked "Do you think this new law [Senate Bill 5] which limits collective bargaining for public employees should be kept or repealed?" 56% of voters said repeal and 32% of voters said keep it.
It's still very early, however, and the campaigns for both sides have plenty of time to unleash a PR barrage on the public to change their minds. Additional polling questions indicate that while there's plenty of ground to be made up for those on Kasich's side, there's opportunity to do so by extrapolating key issues from the complicated bill.
Under SB 5, public employees must pay at least 15 percent of the cost of their health care premiums. Of voters Quinnipiac polled, 60 percent said they support that. Likewise, 56 percent of those polled said they support replacing automatic pay increases — longevity pay — with merit pay. And 60 percent of those polled believe Ohio's budget problems are "very serious."
This will be only Ohio's 14th referendum on the ballot. Only twice before has the public voted to keep the law in question.