Corbett still poll challenged

Tom Corbett (seen here) might be rated America's most vulnerable governor, but he's got history on his side as he prepares to face the Democratic nominee, Tom Wolf. MATT ROURKE / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The first public poll since last week's Primary Election shows Gov. Corbett still facing an uphill path to a second term.

The poll, conducted for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute, shows fewer than one in three likely voters (30.8 percent) hold a positive view of the incumbent Republican.

The, um, "good news" is that number's up since the last Morris poll in February when just 29.4 percent of voters held a favorable impression of the Guv.

This comes one week after York County Democrat Tom Wolf won every county in the state to capture his party's nomination for governor, far out-distancing three opponents.

The Tribune-Review does not report any head-to-head numbers between Corbett and Wolf but says the new poll shows bad numbers for Corbett consistent regardless of voters' age, gender or marital status.

Worse, the Guv's support among senior citizens, a vital voting bloc in an aging state, actually dropped since February: then, 48 percent of seniors held an unfavorable view of Corbett; the new poll puts that number at 57 percent.

The poll reflects the fact that during a long multi-candidate Democratic primary virtually every contender (at one time there were eight) hammered Corbett on education funding and his refusal to impose an extraction tax on natural gas drillers.

Poll respondents said education cuts and not taxing gas were, respectively, the first and second reason for their low opinion of the governor.

But the Corbett campaign suggests once the General Election fully engages voters, a contrast between candidates on issues such as taxes and government spending will favor the incumbent.