Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R). (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Landers)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), once deeply unpopular, is in a strong position to win a second term, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows.

Kasich leads Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D) 48 percent to 36 percent in the survey, released Wednesday. The Republican's advantage is little-changed from his 50-35 percent lead in May.

A majority of Ohio voters (55 percent) approve of the job Kasich is doing. Just 31 percent disapprove.

Kasich's approval rating plunged to as low as 30 percent in 2011. He faced a stinging rebuke from voters that year, who overturned his bill to curb public unions.

Fifty percent of voters now say Kasich deserves to be reelected.

FitzGerald is unknown to most Ohio voters. Sixty-five percent say they haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion.