Corbett, lawmaker approval ratings slide in new poll

Not happy. That's what voters are saying about Gov. Corbett' job performance, according to a new poll released today.

Corbett's approval ratings slid to a new low since taking office last year, with voters saying they don't think the economy of Pennsylvania has improved under his watch. So says the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

Overall, voters disapprove of the way Corbett’s is handling his job, 47 to 36 percent, down from a high of 50 to 32 percent approval last September, with more voters saying the economy is doing worse since Corbett took office in Jan. 2011.

They also dislike his handling of the state budget - now being negotiated in Harrisburg - 55 to 33 percent.

Women voters gave Corbett a higher disapproval rating of 51-32 percent, while male voters were divided 43-40 percent.

“Gov. Tom Corbett tanks among men and women, giving him the lowest approval rating since taking office 18 months ago,” said assistant polling director Tim Malloy in a news release.

The legislature is not faring much better.

Overall, voters said they disapproved of the General Assembly's performance, 51 to 27 percent.

GOP voters nearly split on the job performance of the House and Senate 38 to 37 percent, while more Democrats (59 to 23 percent) and Independents (59 to 22 percent) said they were unhappy with the legislatures track record so far this session.

Corbett got his highest support from GOP voters who backed him 55 to 26 percent, while the Republican received low marks from Democratic voters, 68 ot 20 percent and also Independents, 45 to 35 percent.

The poll, conducted between June 5 and 10,  surveyed 997 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

In other Q poll news, Democrat U.S. Sen. Bob Casey leads his Republican opponent Tom Smith 51-32 percent among voters.

 The poll also underscores wide public support for the recent-approved Voter ID law, with voters supporting the measure 66-32 percent.

A whopping 91 percent of Republicans support the new law requiring voters to show approved identification cards at polls, while Democrats oppose the law 53 to 46 percent. Independents support it 64 to 35 percent.

“Keystone State voters say overwhelmingly, ‘No photo ID card, no ballot,’ supporting  2-1 the new state law requiring a picture ID in order to vote,” Malloy said.


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