PRESS RELEASE: Poll Shows DeWine with Lead in 2018 Governor’s Race




January 31, 2017 


Poll of Ohio’s Likely Republican Voters Shows

DeWine with Lead in 2018 Governor’s Race

Survey Also Provides Insights on Attorney General Race, School Choice and More


Columbus, OH American Freedom Builders, a nonprofit organization founded to educate and advocate for constitutional principles of limited government and free-market economic solutions, today released poll results showing Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine with a substantial advantage in name recognition in the race for Ohio’s Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2018.

DeWine enjoys 95 percent name recognition with a wide lead over other Republican candidates. About one-third of those surveyed had not heard of Secretary of State Jon Husted, compared with 57 percent who did not recognize Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor and 71 percent who did not recognize Congressman Jim Renacci of Wadsworth. In a four-person race, DeWine leads with 47 percent of the vote, followed by Husted at 18 percent, Taylor at 10 percent and Renacci at 4 percent.

Other key findings include the following: 

  • Fifty-four percent of those surveyed were not familiar with Attorney General candidate David Yost.
  • On school choice, 63 percent of survey participants support the use of state funds to enable parents to choose any school for their children, including private and religious schools.
  • Among Republicans surveyed, 68 percent say Ohio is headed in the right direction, compared with 22 percent who say the state is on the wrong track.

The poll was conducted by The Tarrance Group, a Washington, D.C.-based strategic research and polling firm. The survey, conducted Jan. 23 – 26, included 800 likely Republican voters and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.   Click here to download a copy of the topline results.

About American Freedom Builders

American Freedom Builders was founded to educate and advocate for constitutional principles of limited government and free market economic solutions.  We firmly believe in the axiom that less government equals more freedom. Our day-to-day mission is to advance the cause of freedom on three fronts: personal and economic freedom; educational freedom; and energy freedom. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Matt Cox at 614-349-6238.



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