Wolf holds 22-point lead over Corbett in gov race

Democrat Tom Wolf holds a commanding 22-point lead over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett,  according to a new poll in the Pennsylvainia governor's race.

The Franklin &  Marshall College poll showed Wolf leading Corbett 47 percent to 25 percent with 27 percent of voters undecided.

"The situation [Corbett] faces is pretty simple to explain," poll director G. Terry Madonna told PennLive. "He needs to find some successes to take to the voters this fall. Typically governors seeking re-election have a panoply of successes on which to go back to the voters. You don't want to go back to the voters and say, 'I didn't do A, B or C, but let me try again.'"

The issue for Corbett has been is inability to bring disparate factions of Republicans together in the legislature to advance his agenda - an issue playing out right now with a budget completed by the June 30 deadline, but not signed by Corbett because he is demanding pension reform legislation.

"He needs big victories to take to his voters — and his own party isn't helping him," Madonna told PennLive.

The poll showed a majority (59%) of Pennsylvania voters believe the state is "off on the wrong track."

The good news for Corbett:  One in four (26%) voters believes he is doing an “excellent” or “good” job, an increase from his ratings (23 %) in the Jan 2014, Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

Almost half (49%) of Republicans rate his performance as “excellent” or “good," an improvement from 38 percent in the January poll.

Voters said the two issues they care about most are education (22%) and jobs (13%).

In May Wolf swept the field of four candidates to win the Democratic nomination with 58 percent of the vote.

The poll also found that 84 percent of voters believe adults should be allowed to use medical marijuana if a doctor recommends it and 34 percent of voters feel President Obama is doing an "excellent" or "good" job, compared with 30 percent in January.

This survey reflects interviews with 502 Pennsylvania registered voters conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College between June 23 and 29 and has a plus or minus error of 4.4 percent.

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