Corbett fares better than other new guvs, worse among PA voters

The good news for Gov. Corbett on his 100th day in office: A new Quinnipiac University poll shows him doing better than some other rookie Republican governors. The bad news: He may have a problem with women.

In the poll, released Wednesday, 39 percent of voters said they liked the job Corbett was doing, while 37 percent didn’t and 24 percent had no opinion. That contrasts with a February poll that counted disapproval at 11 percent.

The numbers reflect a rise in disapproval since February when a poll found only 11 percent disapproved of the Republican governor’s performance.

Corbett has been under fire since his budget proposal was announced last month for deep cuts in education funding and his hardline stance against taxing Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction.

Despite the lack of support for cuts, most voters say budget should be balanced through spending reductions not new taxes.

The good news? Corbett Heis doing better than other freshman GOP governors -<NO>Disapproval ratings for other new GOP faces such as Florida’s Rick Scott and Ohio’s John Kasich top 50 percent. "Although \[Corbett’s\] numbers are not impressive by traditional standards, they are a good deal better than many of the new Republican governors around the country who are offering a similar approach of no new taxes and large spending cuts," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Connecticut university’s polling institute.

But the poll suggests Corbett may have a “woman problem,” Brown says.

Forty-three percent of men polled gave Corbett a thumbs-up — but the same percentage of women gave him a thumbs-down. “He has a gender gap on his job approval and a gender gap on his proposed budget cuts," Brown said. "Women find the cuts unfair, while men are divided on whether they are fair."

More than 60 percent opposed Corbett’s plan to slash spending for universities in order to balance the state’s budget. The survey was one of several recent polls that found majority support for a tax on natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale, which Corbett opposes.

The telephone survey of 1,366 registered voters was taken in the week that ended Monday. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Corbett can take heart with one thing: he’s doing better than his Democratic predecessor. A Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday found 33 percent of respondents gave Ed Rendell a favorable rating, compared to 55 percent who didn’t.


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