I like poll numbers, especially the numbers put out by the Quinnipiac University Poll, because they are some of the most trusted. The polling institute released two polls last month. Here are some numbers from both.
Republican Gov. John Kasich holds a slim 43 to 38 percent lead over presumptive Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, according to a Feb. 20 poll. In a November poll from Quinnipiac, Kasich, a Republican has a 44 to 37 percent lead.
Still, Kasich holds a job approval rating of 51 percent, which the polling place noted is ''virtually unchanged in the last 12 months.''
Kasich also got a 42 percent favorability rating and 46 percent who participated in the poll said Kasich deserves a second term.
For FitzGerald, 70 percent of poll takers said they didn't know enough about him to form an opinion.
''The race to become Ohio's next governor is a five-point game, little changed from the seven-point spread'' in Quinnipiac's poll in November, said polling institute assistant director Peter A. Brown.
''That is a double-edged sword for the challenger: It indicates he has not made much headway in the past three months, but it provides him an opportunity to make up ground among the vast number of voters who are unfamiliar with him,'' Brown said.
Brown said voters see Kasich's personal characteristics in a ''more favorable light'' than his handling of the issues.
''They give him high grades on leadership and positive ratings on trustworthiness and good judgment, though not so much on understanding the problems of average folks. He gets basically even scores on handling the budget, taxes and jobs, the latter of which is cited by voters as the top priority,'' Brown said.
A Feb. 24 poll shows that by a large margin, voters in Ohio support the use of medical marijuana, and to a lesser degree, they are supportive of adults legally possessing marijuana for personal use.
Eight-seven percent polled said they support medical marijuana and 51 percent support adults possessing small amounts of marijuana.
Men polled support personal use, 59 percent to 37 percent. Women don't, 51 percent to 44 percent. Seventy-two percent of voters 18 to 29 years old support personal use, but 65 percent of older folks, 65 and older, are against personal use.
In a comparison to alcohol, 47 percent said that marijuana is as equally as dangerous. Fourteen percent said it's more dangerous, and 36 percent reported they thought it was less dangerous.
''Ohioans' views of marijuana are complicated,'' Brown said.
Lastly, 51 percent of Ohio voters said they do not believe marijuana is a gateway drug and 55 percent reported, including 54 percent of those younger than 30-years-old, that they have not tried marijuana.