Gov. Corbett is the most popular he’s ever been, getting a 50-32 percent approval rating from voters, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday.
Both female and male voters gave the first-term Republican better marks this time around, with women giving his popularity a significant surge. The majority of voters said they like the governor as a person - 53-12 percent - and Democrats were among them, saying they like him 39-19 percent, with 41 percent undecided.
“Gov. Tom Corbett’s batting average with women and Republicans has surged, getting him to the important 50 percent benchmark in approval rating,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.
“Compared to struggling first-term Republican Governors Rick Scott in Florida and John Kasich in Ohio, two other swing states, Gov. Corbett’s .500 average makes him an all-star candidate.”
Still, voters say they don’t like Corbett’s policies quite as much as they like the man: a lower 42 percent said they approved, while 37 did not.
The governor, the poll found, does appear to be in step with voters on at least two issues: privatizing the state liquor stores and imposing a levy on drilling the Marcellus Shale. The governor, from the start, has said he believes the state should not be in the business of selling alcohol, yet only recently has he come around to outright supporting imposing a local impact fee on drillers. The majority of the money raised, Corbett has argued, should go to those communities directly impacted by drilling.
The Quinnipiac survey found voters support, 64 – 27 percent, a new tax on gas drilling companies, and 62– 31 percent to sell off state liquor stores.
The poll was conducted from September 21 – 26, and surveyed 1,370 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.
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