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A New Quinnipiac Poll Shows Favor for Legal Abortions and Gun Restrictions in Ohio

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, talks about the results of a new poll.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Ohioans support background checks for gun sales, favor legalized abortion, and oppose one of the most recent state restrictions on abortion.

The poll shows just over half of Ohio voters oppose a ban on abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law is on a court-ordered hold. And 61% say they back the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

On guns, the poll shows 90% want background checks for gun sales.

Yet Gov. Mike DeWine, who signed that abortion ban and has supported gun rights, still enjoys a 44% approval rating.

But pollster Peter Brown says a Democratic U.S. Senator has support from 51% of those surveyed.

Sherrod Brown is the most popular politician in the state of Ohio currently,” Peter Brown said.

Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman got a 43% approval rating.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.