Monday, September 27, 2010

The scariest part of the Ohio Poll.

We can talk all day about what the poll numbers are telling us about the Governor's race, but there was a question asked of voters that should leave all Ohioans pretty nervous.
Nearly half of the youngest Ohioans - those between the ages of 18 and 29 - told the poll they would move elsewhere.


Three of 10 polled said they would leave Ohio for "better weather,'' something that is out of any governor's control. But a combined 36 percent cited economic reasons - lower taxes, "better economic conditions," and the ability to find a job.
Half of the state's young people want to leave a state? And the biggest reason is the economy?

Ohioans are Ohio's best natural resource. The more that leave, the less the state's ability to provide skilled and dedicated workers to businesses that want to come to the Buckeye State.

While a top higher education system is highly important to Ohio's future, a focus must be made to increase the demand for Ohio graduates. How do we do that? We make Ohio more attractive to businesses than not just neighboring states, but the rest of the nation as a whole.

Governor Strickland has failed to create a business environment that makes it attractive to businesses. How do we know? Well, you ask the guys that decide where businesses are built - the CEOs.

And CEO Magazine did just that a few months ago. What did they find?

Ohio is the 44th best state in the nation for business.


That kind of ranking doesn't bring jobs to Ohio. And the 600,000 out of work Ohioans can testify to that. As can Ohio's labor force which is at its 2nd lowest point of the year.

Until Ohio does enough to drastically improve that ranking among CEOs, there won't be a demand for Ohio college graduates. And without a higher demand for college graduates, they'll continue to look elsewhere for opportunities.

Governor Strickland believes he nothing else can be done to improve Ohio's standing. How else do you explain his absolute failure to introduce any new ideas to fix what ails the state? To him, the status quo is enough. Now with just 36 days until election day, Strickland has lost his chance to make any new proposals. Anything would be seen as far too opportunistic and desperate. He lives and dies on his record. The status quo.

The Cincinnati Enquirer actually phrased the choice facing Ohioans better than I ever could:
But we clearly prefer Kasich for his ability to offer fresh, innovative approaches to growth, government reform and job creation, while Strickland represents a cautious status quo that lacks the aggressive, business-oriented approach the state needs. Ohio needs the real change Kasich offers.


  1. Yes, because all the college kids read CEO Magazine in their dorms. Nobody believes that ranking has any real credibility.

    Kasich has no jobs plan. He's offering young people nothing but higher tuition and drastic spending cuts to colleges.

    He's got no plan, just ideology.

    By the way, who does the Ohio Poll show has the support of young voters? Yep, not Kasich.

    The scariest part of the Ohio Poll for you is that independents and central Ohioans are split.

    Yep, Republicans are so much better keeping our young people in State. That's why you moved out of Ohio during an all-GOP Administration and legislature, right?

  2. Wow. It's pretty messed up when you can't even accept that this is a problem and desperately try to refocus the issue away from it.

  3. Stickland is only losing by single digits, idiot! We're still losers, but not as much as you say, you liar!

  4. Esquire,

    The people who are leaving the state aren't leaving because Kasich is running for Governor, they are leaving because Ohio of the lack of opportunity.

    Also, go to a Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce meeting and see how many business owners are moving across the river to Kentucky or Indiana. This is due to the lack of a pro-business environment taht exists NOW, not after the election.

  5. Again, Kasich has no plans. And he will make things worse. Tuition will go up due to Kasich's budget cuts and more young Ohioans will leave after high school to go to college elsewhere. When Strickland held the line on tuition, enrollment of in-state shot up.

    Um, right P&G is moving to N. KY, so is Kroger, and Macy's. Seriously guys, why do you hate Ohio so much you have to use subjective surveys nobody but campaigns looking for something to use reads?

    I don't deny there's a problem. I'm just pointing out that its been worse when the GOP was in charge. And you're my Exhibit A.

  6. Tuition in Ohio has "held the line" recently? Is Ohio Bizzaro-World to you ME?

  7. What so many fail to realize is if some of the best and brightest DON'T leave Ohio it's a black eye. The more individuals who receive their PhD in Ohio that stay in Ohio do more HARM than good. One of the measurements of a successful education system is how well that system prepares an individual to leave the comfy, cozy nest. This is ESPECIALLY important in the STEM disciplines. Ohio universities, public and private, will continue to miss out on key training grant funds from private and public institutions if their trainees don't move out of mom and dad's house!

    Sometimes "brain drain" is good.

  8. I love it when everyone cheers for enrollment increases under Strickland. When unemployment rises, so does college enrollment!

  9. "I love it when everyone cheers for enrollment increases under Strickland."

    I don't. Some people shouldn't go to college. All I think when I hear about more people going to college is that there are a bunch more people going than should. It's a real problem. Costs a lot of money to send people to college who don't belong there.


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