Ohio might become the 24th state to pass right-to-work legislation, according to the Toledo Blade. A Quinnipiac Poll released this week revealed 54 percent of Ohioans would support such an issue if placed on the ballot. Pollster Peter Brown told the Columbus Dispatch that growing support for such legislation "makes one take notice," especially after the defeat of collective bargaining reform in Senate Bill 5 by 23 percentage points in the fall.
Here are some facts about a possible Ohio right-to-work ballot amendment and the Quinnipiac Poll:
* Brown's analysis noted independent voters played a big role in the repeal of SB5. According to Brown, independent voters sided with pro-union factions but are now supporting the right-to-work issue. Brown also contends independent voters typically decide elections in Ohio.
* The right-to-work Quinnipiac Poll results revealed 55 percent of independent voters would likely support changes to mandatory union membership and fair-share laws pertaining to dues payments. A total of 77 percent of Republicans polled also support making Ohio a right-to-work state. Poll results indicate 61 percent of Democratic voters oppose such a change.
* A right-to-work amendment requires petition approval by the Ohio Attorney General's office and 386,000 voter signatures to be placed on the ballot, according to the Toledo Blade.
* Newsmax's review of the results indicate support for right-to-work legislation increases as respondent's household income rises. A total of 48 percent of respondent's with a stated income of $30,000 support eliminating mandatory union membership. A total of 50 percent of households with a six figure income support a right-to-work amendment.
* Poll respondents were informed about recently passed right-to-work legislation in Indiana and asked if they would support such a change in the Buckeye State. The question defined a right-to-work state as one that does not require workers to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
* The poll was conducted Feb. 7 over cell and land phone lines. The Quinnipiac website notes a 2.6 point margin of error. A total of 1,421 voters were polled. Ohioans also answered questions about other pending legislation. According the results published in the Toledo Blade, 53 percent of Ohioans polled favor increasing the highway speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph. Respondents also support a car smoking ban when children younger than 6 years old are riders at a rate of 55 percent to 41 percent. A total of 49 percent of those polled oppose a law banning schools from opening before Labor Day and closing after Memorial Day.
- Quinnipiac Poll