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Corbett's Approval Drops to 36 Percent

Fewer Pennsylvanians think Gov. Tom Corbett is doing a good job

 

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent 

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett hit an all-time low this week.

Thirty-six percent of voters approve of the way the first-term governor and former Pennsylvania attorney general is doing his job, compared with 47 percent who disapprove, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.  

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But these figures don’t bother Corbett — he doesn’t read polls, he said. “If I was looking at the polls, I wouldn’t be doing some of the things I’m doing, would I?” Corbett said. 

The poll queried 997 registered voters from June 5-10 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Corbett's approval rating is down from an all-time high of 50 percent based on a September Quinnipiac poll, which surveyed 1,370 voters. 

Corbett had “a heck of start,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, especially compared with other first-term Republican governors in Ohio and Florida. “His approval ratings were high. They have precipitously dropped in the last nine months, corresponding in time to a budget which brought cuts to education and other services,” Malloy said. 

Of the Democrats polled, 68 percent disapprove of Corbett's time in office compared with 26 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents.

Corbett also has a better reputation with men, with 40 percent approving, compared with 32 percent of women approving. Corbett’s not the sole target of Pennsylvania’s dissatisfaction with its state government. The state Legislature has an approval rating of 27 percent, crawling toward its all-time low of 25 percent in a May 2010 Quinnipiac poll

Only 11 percent of respondents said Pennsylvania's economy has improved since Corbett took office, but within that group, 66 percent gave him credit for the improvements. 

 Of the 33 percent who say the state's economy is in worse shape, 63 percent put the blame on Corbett over President Barack Obama. 

Other points the poll found about where Pennsylvania voters stand on the presidential election included:

  • Obama leads presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with 46 percent to 40 percent, alongside 2 percent who say they would vote for someone else and 3 percent who say they wouldn’t vote at all.
  • Forty-nine percent of voters say Mitt Romney would do a better job repairing the nation’s economy, compared with 41 percent who say the same about Obama.
  • Seventy-seven percent say Obama is a likeable person, compared with 58 percent who say the same about Romney
Dr Steven Greene June 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM
hmmm... I am surprised it's even that high actually...not taking sides repub vs dem etc... but to his credit, he's had to address some tough issues... many financial ... that have impacted people at all levels and at least he had the nerve to do that even if politically unpopular (let's see if anyone would ever do that on a national level). At some point, you have to pay your bills right? I am not happy about all the education cuts however..that seemed to be a tough place to divert monies from.
Bill Lipp June 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
The problem was that Rendell and the school districts KNEW that the stimulus money was temporary and would not be coming back. The districts did not budget accordingly and Corbett gets blamed for the "cuts" which aren't as much cuts as they are the end of stimulus money. Unlike our president, I haven't heard Corbett once blame his predecessor for putting the state, him and us in this situation...he has gone ahead and dealt with it in his usual low-key way. I agree with you Steve, he did the right thing and now he's labeled as the bad guy for cleaning up a mess that he didn't make. Let's stop doing PSEA and their affiliates job by giving the teachers they're full net pay and they can write the checks to PSEA IF THEY CHOOSE to do so.
Donna Picotta June 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I say we give him a chance at defending himself with the Sandusky situation. The majority of the individuals who think Corbett is doing a good job probably agree Sandusky is innocent and a civil human being. NOT
danny roturra June 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM
bill, once again you're muddying up things with facts...rendell did what he usually does when in office: cut a swath of destruction. afterward, if the replacement if from the other party, rectification is in order and quickly pounced upon by the left. the 'stimulus' money was an overt con seized upon with no regard for the future. now that the artificial infusion is gone, Corbett deals with reality and appropriate decisions that have to be made without casting blame on his predecessor. after all, ed rendell has a book, written by his aide, to push in order to maintain the spotlight and position himself for another place on the government teat....

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