Poll: Corbett still slumping in popularity, even among seniors

"PA residents think Corbett headed for defeat"

The headline on Robert Morris University Polling Institute's new poll on the Pennsylvania governor's race may worry Gov. Corbett's reelection campaign more than the actual results.

The poll shows a tiny uptick in support for Corbett among voters, but his failure to win over a key voting bloc - senior citizens - could have big consequences on Election Day..

The poll, sponsored by Trib Total Media, shows 30.8 percent of likely voters have a favorable impression of Corbett, up from 29.4 percent in February.

“Likely voters in Pennsylvania continue to have a poor impression of Gov. Corbett. This is true across the demographic categories of gender, age and marital status,” said Robert Morris political scientist and associate dean Philip Harold in a news release.

But even more telling, is that only slightly higher number of seniors - 37 percent - has a favorable opinion of the incumbent Republican, compared with 57 percent who don't..

Corbett, who won the 2010 election with 63 percent of the senior vote,  will face Democrat Tom Wolf in the November. Wolf, a York businessman, locked the nomination a week ago with a big victory over the three other challengers.

Education funding and taxing natural gas drilling - which had huge senior support (74 percent) were the top two issues voters said when deciding their viewpoint on the candidate, Harold said..

Corbett campaign spokesman Billy Pittman said the governor kept his promises and that doesn't always please people.

“The governor has been keeping his promises and getting the state's finances in line. These weren't always easy decisions or popular decisions,” said spokesman Billy Pitman, adding the Corbett campaign will now focus on Wolf's record as revenue secretary under Gov. Rendell.

“It will be much easier to contrast what the governor has done and the same old tax-and-spend culture that (Wolf) is a part of and left the state with 8.2 percent unemployment and a $4.2 billion deficit” before Corbett took office," Pittman told the Tribune-Review.

The poll also looked at the 2016 presidential race and found the most support among Republicans for ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (33 percent) and among Democrats it was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with 66 percent.

The statewide poll surveyed 506 Pennsylvanians between May 6 and 14 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.




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