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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
Robert Sentner June 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Doesn't really matter if your a democrat or a Republican, we are on a non sustainable road and someone better steer the bus back onto the road. These rediculous State and teacher pensions, Moronic enviormental rules on some stuff and a free range on other things is crazy. Bog turtle studies out the ass, but pump gallons of chemicals into the water table is OK. Republican's and Democrats SUCK plain and simple there all about themselves and there buddies and the hell with us working stiffs. Term limits, pension reform and how about a federal Budget, would be nice. I am not Corbett's champion but he can't print money like the feds can.
voice of reason June 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
republicans and democrats have mind melded, it boils down to no matter who is charge they do a bad job, time for a third party
Jim Gregory June 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Incredibly wise still sounds like he's really going under an assumed name..My guess is that he's really incredibly ignorant....Luckily, according to Corbett's poll numbers, it appears that most pennsylvanians are incredibly wise. They know when to call crap, crap..Corbett is pathetic..
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. June 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I just hope to God Corbett's hands are clean on the Jerry Sandusky's debacle...Creepy!
for real June 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Not looking to popular in this poll or any other. I hope Republicans can beat out this Norquist slave in the primary.

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