A poll commissioned by the Ohio Democratic Party shows Republican John Kasich leading his Democratic challenger, Ed FitzGerald, by a single point in the Nov. 4 gubernatorial contest.
The poll has Kasich at 45% and FitzGerald at 44%.
Among women voters the numbers are reversed with the Cuyahoga County executive leading by a point. Among African-Americans, FitzGerald gets 77% of the vote while Kasich gets 14%.
Public Policy Polling, based in Raleigh, N.C., is known as a "Democratic polling firm," but claims a high degree of accuracy.
Still, it's numbers conflict with the most recent poll by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, an independent poll. In that earl-May poll, Kasich was seen leading FitzGerald 50%-35%. The PPP poll conducted around the same time showed Kasich leading 47% to 43%. An April survey by PPP had them tied 44% to 44%.
PPP surveyed 889 likely voters with automated phone calls July 9-10, with 3% margin of error.
Chris Schrimpf of the Ohio Republican Party says, "The Ohio Democratic Party paid for it which they do every time their campaigns are struggling. There’s a better chance of LeBron playing professional basketball in Anchorage, Alaska than there is of the Democrats putting out what their real polling shows."
He says if the FitzGerald campaign put out its own polls they would show "Ohioans positively responding to Republicans’ record of job creation, balanced budgets, and tax relief."
Here are some other races polled by PPP. Not seeing any results for attorney general.
Ohio State Treasurer
Democrat Connie Pillich 46%
Republican Josh Mandel 43%
Ohio State Auditor
Republican Dave Yost 42%
Democrat John Patrick Carney 40%
Ohio Secretary of State
Republican Jon Husted 45%
Democrat Nina Turner 42%