COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A poll released Tuesday found that a majority of Ohio voters oppose removing term limits for legislators or extending the period they can serve.
The Ohio Poll, sponsored by the University of Cincinnati, found that 62 percent of registered voters opposed a constitutional amendment that would remove term limits and that 59 percent opposed a constitutional amendment that would increase the number of consecutive years that lawmakers could serve from eight to 12 years.
Voters in 1992 overwhelmingly approved limiting state representatives to four consecutive two-year terms and state senators to two consecutive four-year terms. The term limits took affect this year when 46 freshmen were sworn into the House and seven into the Senate.
House Speaker Larry Householder, a Glenford Republican, asked focus groups last summer whether they supported extending the period in which lawmakers can serve.
The focus groups initially didn't like the idea, but their opposition softened when they realized they couldn't vote for their favorite lawmakers and that the loss of experience could affect the Legislature's performance, Householder said.
The Ohio Poll, conducted by the university's Institute for Policy Research, surveyed 646 randomly picked registered Ohio voters by telephone from Oct. 24 through Nov. 8. The poll's margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.