Poll Shows Cordray and Kucinich Neck and Neck in Governor's Race


Dennis Kucinich listens to an audience question during a City Club forum (2/27/2018). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Dennis Kucinich listens to an audience question during a City Club forum (2/27/2018).
A poll conducted last week by USA Survey for Channel 19 found that former Ohio Attorney General and federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and former Cleveland Mayor and U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich are neck and neck in the Ohio governor's race.

Twenty-one percent of Ohioans said that they would vote for Cordray in the May 8 Democratic primary; 21 percent said they'd vote for Kucinich. Nearly half of those polled (46 percent), however, said they remained undecided. Both Joe Schiavoni (5 percent) and Bill O'Neill (4 percent) were very far behind.

Cordray fared best among older and whiter voters. Among the 65-and-older demographic, for example, 27 percent said they'd vote for Cordray. Only 14 percent in that group preferred Kucinich. Cordray also maintained a significant lead among wealthier voters (those who make more than $80,ooo per year) and both suburban and rural voters. Among rural voters, Cordray enjoyed a 10-point lead over Kucinich.

Richard Cordray
  • Richard Cordray
Kucinich was preferred among younger voters, though in the the 25-39 age group, his lead was most pronounced. He fared much better among urban voters and voters of color. For black participants, 21 percent preferred Kucinich and only 10 percent preferred Cordray.

Geographically, Kucinich performed better in Cleveland and Toledo. Cordray had commanding leads in both the Columbus and Cincinnati areas.

On the Republican side, Mike DeWine vastly outperformed his opponent Mary Taylor in every single demographic category.

In theoretical general election match-ups between DeWine and Kucinich and DeWine and Cordray, the poll found that DeWine would win both, and would defeat Kucinich more convincingly. The poll had DeWine defeating Cordray by 8 points and Kucinich by 13.

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