Poll: Ohio gov. approval best since taking office

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new poll finds that Gov. John Kasich's job approval rating is its highest since taking office two years ago.

It's also the first time his approval rating has been above 50 percent.

The poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ak) University in Connecticut shows 53 percent of Ohioans give Kasich a passing grade while 32 percent disapprove of his performance.

Just a year ago, his approval rating with was under 40 percent.

The poll taken over the last week also finds that several Democrats mentioned as possible challengers to Kasich in 2014 have fairly weak name recognition around the state.

The survey of 1,011 voters in Ohio has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.