Hiram College professor Jason Johnson was quoted in the Cincinnati Enquirer story “Poll battle shaping up between tea party, labor”
Here in Ohio, there is polling that suggests We Are Ohio, the coalition of labor and liberal groups pushing for repeal of Senate Bill 5, have the numbers on their side.
A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in May had 54 percent of the registered voters polled saying they favor repeal of the law, while 36 percent said they want to keep it in place.
“It’s the kind of issue that can galvanize the Democratic base,” said Jason Johnson, political science professor at Hiram College. “It’s this year’s version of the gay marriage amendment.”
Johnson was referring to 2004, a presidential election year, when Ohio voters went to the polls in large numbers and passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. At the same time, they gave President Bush a narrow win in Ohio – 118,601 more votes than Democrat John Kerry, out of about 4.6 million cast.