Although Mercyhurst didn't ask voters why they favor Kasich, Morris said Kasich's decision to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 275,000 Ohioans has been in the news and may be a factor toward his uptick in popularity.
On the national front, news of a 16-day federal government shutdown and the troubled roll out of the Affordable Care Act may have colored opinions of Obama and Congress, Morris said. "There has been little, if any, good news out of Washington for some time, and the results of this poll reflect that."
Looking at the 2016 presidential campaign, Mercyhurst pollsters found that 54 percent of Ohio voters have a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton, 52 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Vice President Joe Biden and 49 percent have a favorable opinion of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican. Nearly a majority of voters have no opinion of or don't recognize Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, the poll found.