Corbett's Approval Drops to 36 Percent

Fewer Pennsylvanians think Gov. Tom Corbett is doing a good job

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent 

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett hit an all-time low this week.

Thirty-six percent of voters approve of the way the first-term governor and former Pennsylvania attorney general is doing his job, compared with 47 percent who disapprove, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.  

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But these figures don’t bother Corbett — he doesn’t read polls, he said. “If I was looking at the polls, I wouldn’t be doing some of the things I’m doing, would I?” Corbett said. 

The poll queried 997 registered voters from June 5-10 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Corbett's approval rating is down from an all-time high of 50 percent based on a September Quinnipiac poll, which surveyed 1,370 voters. 

Corbett had “a heck of start,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, especially compared with other first-term Republican governors in Ohio and Florida. “His approval ratings were high. They have precipitously dropped in the last nine months, corresponding in time to a budget which brought cuts to education and other services,” Malloy said. 

Of the Democrats polled, 68 percent disapprove of Corbett's time in office compared with 26 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents.

Corbett also has a better reputation with men, with 40 percent approving, compared with 32 percent of women approving. Corbett’s not the sole target of Pennsylvania’s dissatisfaction with its state government. The state Legislature has an approval rating of 27 percent, crawling toward its all-time low of 25 percent in a May 2010 Quinnipiac poll

Only 11 percent of respondents said Pennsylvania's economy has improved since Corbett took office, but within that group, 66 percent gave him credit for the improvements. 

 Of the 33 percent who say the state's economy is in worse shape, 63 percent put the blame on Corbett over President Barack Obama. 

Other points the poll found about where Pennsylvania voters stand on the presidential election included:

  • Obama leads presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with 46 percent to 40 percent, alongside 2 percent who say they would vote for someone else and 3 percent who say they wouldn’t vote at all.
  • Forty-nine percent of voters say Mitt Romney would do a better job repairing the nation’s economy, compared with 41 percent who say the same about Obama.
  • Seventy-seven percent say Obama is a likeable person, compared with 58 percent who say the same about Romney
Jim Gregory June 15, 2012 at 01:23 PM
No surprise here..The guy has been an absolute nightmare. His education cuts alone have forced up everyone's property taxes throughout the commonwealth. His brilliant idea of handing 66 million a year to Shell oil in tax incentives (corporate welfare) while they are drowning in billions of oil profits is absolutely insane. He took a cool million in campaign donations from the gas companies while allowing them to rape the commonwealth adn at the same time being the only state in the union not to charge them extraction fees..That will cost the state billions..Again, I'm shocked his performance polls aren't worse. The only friends I know he has are those in the oil and gas industries.
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Ya, whiney liberals can't stand a govenor balancing the budget. Fatty Rendell had a billion dollars of Obama dollars to balance the budget... instead of using it for "one time" capital type expenditures, he handed it out to the schools for ongoing operations. Fatty Rendell didn't care, because he knew he would be out of office when the money dried up, and he knew Corbett would have to deal with the fall out. He also knew math and logic challenged liberals would blame Corbett. Know who has taken more from oil and gas companies then any politician in HISTORY. Barack Obama. Also, you don't understand tax incentives, which every company gets. How do you like Apple? Have an iMac and iPhone I bet (like every liberal)? They make more money than any oil company, and keep all of it off shore. They use Chinese labor camps to make their phones. You enraged about Apple? Guess not... you haven't been told to be by your liberal handlers.
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 15, 2012 at 03:12 PM
As to the other poll, you can always count on Pennsylvania to vote for the idiot liberal... we have two major cities that depend on government handouts, and a bunch of unemployeed union workers who think he'll bring back the days of big labor. What a freakin' stupid state.
Susan Koomar June 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Well, we do have a Republican governor and senator, right? Seems like the state is pretty divided and control of the governorship changes parties every 8 years or so. Do you agree?
Nancy O'Keefe June 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I agree with all of Jim's points...and 36% approval seems high.
Susan Koomar June 15, 2012 at 04:23 PM
For the folks who don't like the job Corbett is doing, who would you like to see the Dems run in the next race?
Jim Gregory June 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Incredibly wise sounds like one of those Fox news watchers who they discovered know very little about what's really going on in the real world...He didnt mention what he thinks about Corbett's insane plan to hand Shell oil 66 million dollars a year of corporate welfare. Maybe if he could find google, he could check and see exactly who got the most money from oil and gas companies..Oh, wow, what a shock? Ninety five percent of them are Republicans! Oh yea, what party decided that it was a good thing to continue giving tax subsidies to oil companies already making billions in profits..Yea, I'm sure Obama is getting tons of money from oil and gas companies, lol..Like the Koch brothers..I dont believe the poster who calls himself incredibly wise is, incredibly wise at all. he is actually very comical...
Jim Gregory June 15, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Susan, My guess is that Sestak is considering it but it'll be tough. Most, if not all, Governors in Pennsylvania's history have served two terms. Corbett will also have tons of Koch brother money and oil and gas company money, to play down his pathetic record and somehow present himself as some type of savior.. Sadly enough, recent results in Wisconsin and California ( on the cigarette tax issue) have shown that people are easily persuaded when they are overwhelmed by ads from monied interests.
Mike Shortall Sr June 15, 2012 at 05:33 PM
All you need to know is more respondents blame the Governor of Pennsylvania for the state's economy over POTUS. I guess Pennsylvania's is the only state economy in the crapper?!? Funny and sad at the same time ...
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 15, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Right, and you're just a MSNBC twit, who believe all the bull they spew. Tax breaks create more business and more jobs. Every industry gets breaks. Yes, I am incredibly wise to people who are not liberal wankers.
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The liberal wankers are too stupid to know Corbett can't print money or borrow it from China like their hero, Obama. Fatty Rendell didn't do anything about the Pension crisis for 8 years, and THAT'S the biggest problem PA. has. But Fatty Rendell is a hero to the Rachel Maddow lovers.... although he is now speaking up about what a twit Obama is....
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 15, 2012 at 05:38 PM
You have just as many moneyed interestes. Soros, Unions, etc. What those votes prove it that people finally understand the current system is unsustainable, and things need to change. Wankers who support liberals think you just do whatever feels good or seems "just", and can't handle the math of the real economy.
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
some liberal who can't address a real problem, caters to the dependent base, and thinks money grows on trees. Who else would the Democrats run?
Liberalism is a mental disorder June 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Why does 36% seem high. You just don't like the number? I know liberals like to make things up, but really, you're not satisfied with 36%?
Robert Sentner June 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Doesn't really matter if your a democrat or a Republican, we are on a non sustainable road and someone better steer the bus back onto the road. These rediculous State and teacher pensions, Moronic enviormental rules on some stuff and a free range on other things is crazy. Bog turtle studies out the ass, but pump gallons of chemicals into the water table is OK. Republican's and Democrats SUCK plain and simple there all about themselves and there buddies and the hell with us working stiffs. Term limits, pension reform and how about a federal Budget, would be nice. I am not Corbett's champion but he can't print money like the feds can.
voice of reason June 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
republicans and democrats have mind melded, it boils down to no matter who is charge they do a bad job, time for a third party
Jim Gregory June 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Incredibly wise still sounds like he's really going under an assumed name..My guess is that he's really incredibly ignorant....Luckily, according to Corbett's poll numbers, it appears that most pennsylvanians are incredibly wise. They know when to call crap, crap..Corbett is pathetic..
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. June 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I just hope to God Corbett's hands are clean on the Jerry Sandusky's debacle...Creepy!
for real June 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Not looking to popular in this poll or any other. I hope Republicans can beat out this Norquist slave in the primary.


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