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Corbett Not Worst of New GOP Guvs

Polling data from states with new Republican governors show Corbett's not the worst.

Corbett Not Worst of New GOP Guvs

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, you see state Democrats are touting a new poll showing Gov. Corbett's approval rating in Pennsylvania at a pretty sad 35 percent?

BE: Sounds like something Democrats would tout.

JB: Yeah, and it's worse than last month's Quinnipiac Poll finding of 39 percent. But here's the thing: among the new Republican governors getting lots of attention, Corbett's not the worst.

BE: Wait, you have something good to say about Corbett?

JB: Not me. Poll respondents. And I wouldn't exactly call it good. But...Public Policy Polling (PPP) is a Democratic group that actually tends to be fairly accurate. Its poll released yesterday lumps Corbett in with some other Guvs that it says are causing "buyer's remorse" among voters.

BE: Yeah. So?

JB: So he can take at least some comfort in the fact that some other GOP Guvs elected last year in states with similar budget-cutting problems and union issues are doing worse.

BE: Details?

JB: In Florida, conservative Republican Rick Scott is at a dismal 27 percent, according to polling data by Sunshine States News released yesterday.

BE: Ha! That's the guy that refused $2 billion in federal aid for high-speed rail! No wonder he's sinking like a stone.

JB: In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich was last polled by PPP at the end of May: 33 percent.

BE: Another leader with one-third support of his people.

JB: And in Wisconsin, where union battles dominated state budget woes, Gov. Scott Walker is at 37 percent, according to a new University of Wisconsin -- what else? -- Badger Poll.

BE: On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin....

JB: Don't get carried away.

BE: What about our own "I'm not running for president" neighbor across the river?

JB: Better than the others. Elected in `09, though, so not really in the class of newbies. Still, Gov. Christie sports a 44 percent approval rating in a late June Quinnipiac Poll.

BE: So maybe the answer is to hang in there and voters come around?

JB: Either that or always point to others doing worse. Grrr.





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