Werth Poll

Latest Werth Poll Shows Ohioans Believe …

January 22, 2016

Ohio’s citizens are expressing strong opinions about presidential leadership, gun ownership, marijuana legalization, environmental protection and other matters that are at the forefront of our state and national conversations. Werth engaged the reputable polling firm Fallon Research in January to conduct the Werth Poll, surveying Ohio voters statewide.

Werth commissioned this poll not on behalf of any existing or prospective client, but rather in order to obtain – and share – a better understanding of how Ohioans are thinking on some of the most topical issues of the day. We believe the results of our survey hold lessons for business, civic and public leaders throughout the state, regardless of their positions on any of these issues.

We hope you will find the results of our poll enlightening, and we invite you to offer other topics that are of most interest to you and your associates. We will conduct polling on a variety of issues in the future.

For results and methodology of the Werth Poll, please see below.

Werth Poll – Ohio Statewide Survey
by Fallon Research
January 1, 2016 – January 10, 2016
N=802, +/- 3.46%
General Election Voters

(Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding)

Generally speaking, would you say that Ohio is going in the right direction or has it gotten off onto the wrong track?

58.4% – Right direction

23.5% – Wrong track

5.5% – Mixed/both (volunteered)

12.6% – Unsure/no answer


Looking at Elections and Voting …

(SPLIT SAMPLE – Randomly assigned to version A or B)

Would you vote for or against a ballot measure that legalizes marijuana for “recreational” use in Ohio?

28.6% – For

66.2% – Against

5.2% – Unsure/no answer

Would you vote for or against a ballot measure that legalizes marijuana for “private” use in Ohio?

32.3% – For

61.0% – Against

6.7% – Unsure/no answer


Looking at the Presidential Election …

Which would you say is generally a more credible source for information about a presidential candidate? Is it …

(Rotated)

37.5% – The mainstream news media…or…

39.8% – The candidate’s own campaign

18.3% – Mixed/Neither/Both equal (volunteered)

4.5% – Unsure/no answer

Which of the following qualities is most important to you in choosing a president? Is it …

(Randomly Rotated)

21.6% – Past performance and experience

30.1% – Positions on specific issues and policies…or…

34.1% – Character and integrity

12.0% – Mixed/None/All are equal (volunteered)

2.2%  – Unsure/no answer

At this time which of the following do you think should be a higher priority for the next president and leaders in government? Is it …

25.7% – Protecting the environment through stronger laws, even though jobs may be lost…or

61.9% – Creating more jobs and economic opportunities, even though environmental protection may be reduced

4.5% – Mixed/Both can done (volunteered)

7.8% – Unsure/no answer


Turning to Look at Firearms …

Do you think that having a gun in the home, makes the people in the household … (sequentially rotated) … more safe … has no effect on safety … or … less safe?

51.2% – More

27.2% –  No effect

17.0% –  Less

4.7% – Unsure/no answer


I would like to read you a list of age groups. Please stop me when I get to the one you are in.

10.2% – 18 to 29

19.1% –  30 to 44

32.35% –  45 to 59

37.6% – 60 and older

.8% –  Unsure/no answer

Which of the following do you consider to be your main race? Is it …

79.1% – White

14.25% – African-American

.7% –  Hispanic/Latino

.6% – Asian/Indian … or …

2.5% – Something else

.5% – Mixed race (volunteered)

2.4% – Unsure/no answer

Gender:

46.6% – Male

53.4% – Female


Poll Tables

Generally speaking, would you say that Ohio is going in the right direction or has it gotten off onto the wrong track?

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Would you vote for or against a ballot measure that legalizes marijuana for recreational/private use in Ohio?

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Which would you say is generally a more credible source for information about a presidential candidate?

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Which of the following qualities is most important to you in choosing a president? Is it…

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At this time which of the following do you think should be a higher priority for the next president and leaders in government?

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Do you think that having a gun in the home, makes the people in the household more safe, has no effect on safety or less safe?

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This survey research data was gathered through telephone interviews that specially-trained interviewers conducted with 802 randomly-selected registered voters in the State of Ohio with histories of voting in recent even-year November general elections, who had valid residential, VOIP or cellular telephone numbers. The interviews were performed during the period of January 6, 2016 through January 10, 2016. The overall estimated margin of sampling error is +/- 3.46%, based on a confidence level of 95%, although it varies for each individual question. This means that if this survey was repeated, 95 times out of 100 the results would be within plus or minus 3.46% of those provided herein. Adjustments were made to weight the results toward demographic and geographic characteristics of the state’s electorate, in order to account for under- and over-sampling that normally occurs as a result of the random selection process, and to ensure that all major sub-groups are represented in proportion to their actual percentages. Like all polls, this opinion survey research is subject to other possible sources of error, such as unintentional bias in the wording of questions, data-entry error and nonresponse bias.