John Kasich’s fortunes improve, sort of

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (R) fortunes are improving a bit. (Melina Mara/Washington Post)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) gets an overall positive nod from registered voters for the first time since his 2011 inauguration, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Forty-two percent of registered voters approve of the job he's doing, while 35 percent don't. His favorability is also above water, 40 percent to 34 percent.

But more voters say that he doesn't deserve reelection than think he does, by a 43 to 36 percent margin. Almost as many Republicans (41 percent) are open to a Kasich primary challenger as are not (45 percent).

During the presidential race, Kasich's standing with likely voters improved, but this is the first time that registered voters see him more favorably than unfavorably.

"Things are looking better for Gov. John Kasich," said Quinnipiac pollster Peter A. Brown. "But it is not all blue skies as Gov. Kasich enters the last half of his term." 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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