Sunday, February 7, 2016

Not much of a honeymoon period for Gov. Corbett

Pennsylvania voters haven't given Gov. Corbett much of a honeymoon period, a new poll shows.

Not much of a honeymoon period for Gov. Corbett


Pennsylvania voters haven't given Gov. Corbett much of a honeymoon period, a new poll shows.

Not even three full months into his four-year term, Corbett's approval rating is at a mere 34 percent - the same low rating that former Gov. Ed Rendell had as he was wrapping up his second and last term last year, according to a survey released today by the Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling.

The poll also found that if the election for governor had taken place today, Democrat Dan Onorato, who Corbett trounced last fall, would win the rematch 49-to-44 percent.

“Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin all had extremely unpopular Democratic governors a year ago at this time,” said Dean Debnam, Public Policy Polling's president, noting that Rendell was one of the least popular governors in the country heading into last fall's election. 

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“Now," Debnam said, "they all have extremely unpopular Republican Governors. Working as the chief executive of a large Midwestern state might be one of the toughest jobs in the country right now.”

There is some good news for Pennsylvania's new governor.  Enough voters are still undecided in their opinion of Corbett that only 44 percent actually disapprove of his job performance, as compared to the 53 percent who pinched their noses when asked about Rendell's work. 

For its latest poll, Public Policy Polling surveyed 593 Pennsylvania voters from April 7th to April 10th. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent.


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