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Sestak tops Corbett in new poll

Gov. Corbett's polling woes continue Wednesday with a new Quinnipiac University Poll showing that 53 percent of Pennsylvania voters don't think he deserves a second term. The poll found former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010, leads Corbett 47-38 percent in a potential 2014 race.

Sestak tops Corbett in new poll

Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., appears on CBS´s "Face the Nation" in Washington on Sunday. (AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Chris Usher)
Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., appears on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington on Sunday. (AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Chris Usher)

Gov. Corbett's polling woes continue Wednesday with a new Quinnipiac University Poll showing that 53 percent of Pennsylvania voters don't think he deserves a second term.  The poll found former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010, leads Corbett 47-38 percent in a potential 2014 race.

The poll also found Corbett trailing three Democrats, tied with another and leading three more.

  • Corbett was down against U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz 42-39 percent, trailing Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski  44-38 percent, and trailing state Sen. Mike Stack 40-39 percent.
  • He was tied with businessman Tom Wolf at 39 percent. 
  • Corbett led former DEP Secretary John Hanger 42-41 percent, businessman Tom Knox 40-39 percent and state Treasurer Rob McCord 42-38 percent.

The poll shows Corbett continues to lag in popularity with female voters.  They disapprove of his job performance 53-33 percent while men approve of the job Corbett is doing 47-44 percent.

"It's still early, but Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is going nowhere, and maybe even sliding a little as he prepares for what could be a tough reelection fight," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a news release with the new poll.

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