Ohio’s Anti-Labor SB 5 Would Likely Lose in a Referendum

Ohio Senate Bill 5, the anti-collective bargaining legislation being pushed by Buckeye State Republicans, is extremely unpopular with the voters in the state, according to a new PPP poll.

Ohio Senate Bill 5 may not be in effect for very long…54% of voters in the state say they’d repeal it in an election later this year while just 31% say they’d vote to let the bill stand.

The support for repealing SB 5 is reflective of a high level of support for unions and workers in Ohio, more so than we saw in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago. 63% of voters in the state supportive collective bargaining for public employees to only 29% who oppose it. 52% of voters think public employees should have the right to strike, to 42% who think they should not. And 65% think public employees should have the same rights they do now- or more- while only 32% believe they should have fewer rights.

If the law is passed and the unions manage to gather the signatures to submit it to a statewide referendum, the odds that they would overturn the law are extremely high.

Not only is the potential referendum currently polling well, but when it comes to ballot measures, people often have a status quo bias that inclines them to vote to keep things as they currently are and support for an issue on the ballot tends to be as weak as its least popular component. For Republicans to win back the public and protect this law would be an incredibly difficult task.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at

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