One in five Pa. voters say Corbett deserves reelection

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Gov. Corbett silences his phone during a speech in Erie yesterday. He likewise declined a call from union president Wendell Young IV. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R) poll numbers continue to drop, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College survey of registered voters out Thursday morning with his lowest showing yet.

Only one in five voters believes Corbett has done a good enough job to have earned a second term, the poll found. As one might expect, 7 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of independents favor re-electing him at this point, but the shocking thing is that less than half of his fellow Republicans – 38 percent – agree.

Seventeen percent of registered voters said that they think Corbett is doing an excellent or good job as governor.

The poll comes after Corbett failed to get any of his major initiatives passed by the legislature earlier this summer, and as he faces public dissatisfaction over cuts in education funding.

The survey is based on telephone interviews with 594 registered Pennsylvania voters conducted by F & M’s Center for Public Opinion Research from Aug. 21-26. Results are subject to an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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