Of the three remaining Republican candidates, John Kasich has the least chance of being nominated, but would have the best chance of winning if somehow he were nominated.
The reason is that voters dislike Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. They don’t dislike Kasich. In fact, he is the least disliked of all the candidates.
A Pew Research poll found that John Kasich is the only one of the five remaining major-party candidates of whom more people who think he’s make a great or good President than a poor or terrible President.
His net favorability rating is 13 percent, meaning that 33 percent of voters polled think he’d be great or good and only 20 percent think he’d be poor or terrible.
That is better than Bernie Sanders, who breaks even, or Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump, who have net unfavorability ratings of 7 percent, 13 percent and 33 percent.
Pew Research found that 59 percent of those polled think Donald Trump would make a poor or terrible President. Only 20 percent think John Kasich would be poor or terrible.
Another recent poll indicates that voters would prefer Kasich, but not Trump or Cruz, to Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Kasich is serving his second term as governor of Ohio. Before that he served eight terms in Congress, representing the 12 congressional district, which consists of suburban counties north and east of Columbus.
He is a conservative Republican, a defender of the status quo. He is a scourge of Planned Parenthood, but no threat to either Wall Street or the military industrial complex. I would not vote for him, but he does have certain merits.
He seems to a decent and honorable person, not someone eaten up with ambition who will do anything and everything to succeed. I like this comment he made to an Ohio state legislator who criticized him for taking Obamacare funds to expand Ohio’s Medicaid program.
Now, when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor. You better have a good answer.
==John Kasich, quoted in The Columbus Dispatch
He bears himself with dignity. If he is elected, I doubt if I’d agree with many—or maybe any—on his policies. But I don’t think he would be a national embarrassment. A new campaign video contrasts him with the reckless and unpredictable Donald Trump and the dangerous fanatic Ted Cruz.
His statements about policy seem to reflect an attempt to strike balances. While he favors Medicaid expansion, he would like to repeal the rest of the Affordable Care Act.
He favors giving the 11 million unauthorized immigrants a path to legal residence in the United States, but not a path to citizenship (which might increased the number of Democrats).
He believes climate change is real, but opposes giving the Environmental Protection Agency the power to regulate emissions. That responsibility should rest with state governments and private companies, he said; he said environmental protection needs to be balanced with job protection.
He favors fracking for natural gas in Ohio, but would impose a severance tax, similar to the taxes on oil protection in Texas and Alaska.
He thinks it may be necessary to send ground troops into Syria to defeat ISIS, but not to overthrown President Assad’s government.
But I don’t think his national popularity is based on issues. It is that he seems more Presidential, more like someone we the people would like to be our face to the world, than his opponents.
John Kasich, Protest Candidate, by Benjamin Wallace-Wells for The New Yorker.
John Kasich, the Candidate The Most Voters Think is OK by Danielle Kurtzleben for National Public Radio.
Study Suggests Only Kasich Has the Votes to Beat Clinton by Andrew McGill for The Atlantic.
What does John Kasich believe? Where the candidate stands on 10 issues by Sarah McHaney for PBS Newshour.
Half of the Abortion Clinics in Ohio Have Closed. And Kasich Is a ‘Moderate’? by Katha Pollitt for The Nation.
John Kasich Says U.S. Troops Should Destroy ISIS, But Avoid Toppling Syria’s Leader by Samantha Lachman for the Huffington Post.