John kasich leads all repbublicans
48 – 39 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush;
47 – 40 percent over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida;
49 – 41 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
46 – 38 percent over N.J. Gov. Christopher Christie;
48 – 41 percent over U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin;
51 – 37 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
49 – 41 percent over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Ohio is a very important swing state for republicans. The way the political map is, it is just about impossible for the republicans to win the White House withtout winning Ohio. It is a state that Hillary may be tough to defeat in given that she defeated Barack Obama in Ohio in the 2008 primary.
One strange oddity about the polling results
Hillary Clinton had an approval rating of 53 percent and a disapproval rating of 43 percent with only 4 percent being undecided or refusing to answer. John Kasich had an approval rating of 47 percent and dissaproval of 29 percent with a whopping 21 percent being undecided and 3 percent refusing to answer. To sum it up, six times as many people didn't have an opinion on Kasich as did with Hillary Clinton. That is very odd considering that he is the governor of the state. You would think they would be more settled in their thinking about their governor than the former secratary of state. In fact his undecideds were only a few points lower than the other republicans being polled. For more details read here.
In an additional note, Chris Christie's approval/disapproval was even at 36%. Prior to to bridgegate his approval was 48 - 16 in, demonstrating how effective the media coverage has been at hurting his potential candidacy.