Ohio Gov. John Kasich Gets First Positive Job Approval Rating

latest statewide survey of Ohio registered voters by Quinnipiac University shows that Governor John Kasich, a Republican, has a positive job-approval rating for the first time since he took office in 2011, with 45 percent approving and 35 percent disapproving.

The survey also found that 58 percent of Ohio voters were very or somewhat satisfied with the way things are going in the state. This is the highest ever measured by Quinnipiac University for Ohio.

42 percent of registered voters viewed the Ohio economy as getting better, and 61 percent said that Kasich deserved a lot or some of the credit.

58 percent of those who saw the Ohio economy getting beter said that President Obama deserved a lot or some of the credit.

Though his job approval rating has improved, Kasich hasn't yet convinced Ohio voters that he deserves a second term in office. The poll showed that 43 percent believe that Kasich doesn't deserve a second term, and just 36 percent were in favor of him serving a second term.

Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald looks to be the Democratic Party's most formidable candidate to take on Kasich, but he faces some problems. Virtually no one knows about him outside of Cuyahoga County; the Quinnipiac poll showed that 84 percent of Ohio voters haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion. The highest rated Democratic candidate in the poll, Ted Strickland, dropped out of the race.