Democrats approve of Kasich 57 – 33 percent, while Republicans are divided…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Ohio Gov. John Kasich is rumored to be planning a GOP primary challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020.
The two-term Republican governor hails from a major swing state and was the last serious candidate to drop out of the GOP primary race against Trump in 2016.
To Republican critics of President Trump, Kasich may seem like a path to victory.
But there is just one problem.
Republicans voters don’t like Kasich very much.
In fact, more Democrats approve of the Republican governor than do voters from his own party in his home state of Ohio.
That much was made clear in a new Quinnipiac University pollon Wednesday, which showed Kasich with a 52 percent overall job approval rating.
The backbone of his support came from Democrats, in what pollsters call a “reverse party split.”
Kasich’s consistent anti-Trump stance has no doubt damaged his standing among Trump voters in the Buckeye State.
Trump won Ohio by 8-points in the 2016 general election.
Consequently, Democrats have taken a liking to his anti-Trump approach.
According to Quinnipiac, Democrats approve of Kasich 57 – 33 percent, while Republicans are divided – 46 percent approve and 44 percent disapprove.
Of the 57 percent of Ohio Democrats who viewed Kasich favorably, a whopping 52 percent of them said they wanted him to run against Trump in the 2020 GOP primary.
But nearly three out of four Republicans, or 73 percent, had an opposite opinion.
They had no desire to see the outgoing Ohio governor make a bid for the White House again, especially against President Trump.
Overall, Ohio voters gave Kasich the thumbs down on running for president, 51 – 41 percent.
A second poll, also released on Wednesday, registered Kasich’s approval rating a full 10 points lower than Quinnipiac’s 52 percent.
According to an Enquirer/Suffolk University poll, Kasich is viewed positively by only 42 percent of Ohio voters.
The poll also found that more Democrats liked him than Republicans, making Kasich’s path to the White House a virtual pipe dream.