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July 13, 2014, 8:25 am

Poll says Corbett losing state support

Halfway into his term, support for Gov. Tom Corbett is sinking, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released this week, with a majority of Pennsylvanians saying he does not deserve another four years in office.

“There is no strong base of support for Gov. Corbett among any income or age group, or in any region of the state,” noted the poll, which was released Tuesday.

The governor’s support among Blacks was particularly weak.

Poll data showed that only 28 percent of Blacks said Corbett should have a second term; 57 percent said he shouldn’t be re-elected.

Support among whites was only marginally better.

Quinnipiac found that 30 percent of whites polled said Corbett should be given a second term, 50 percent said he should not.

Overall, the poll found that Corbett’s approval rating has fallen since November — moving from 38 to 36 percent of those polled. That was mirrored in a rise in those who did not approve, a number that rose to 42 percent from 40 percent over the last two months.

In addition, 51 percent of those polled said he should not be re-elected. That compares to 31 percent who said Corbett has earned a second term.

“It’s halftime in … Corbett’s first term and if he were running a football team instead of a state, he’d fire his offensive coordinator,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The poll found that Corbett has greater support among men than among women, but lacked strong support among both. Even among Republicans he failed to muster support from a majority.

Pollsters found that 54 percent of women said Corbett should not be re-elected; 24 percent said he should. Among men, 48 said he did not warrant a second term compared to 38 percent who supported four more years.

Only 49 percent of Republicans said he should be re-elected.

He has consistently polled poorly among women.

“Corbett has hit the 50 percent approval rating only once so far, mainly because of his bad grades from women,” Malloy said.

The state’s urban areas showed little support for Corbett, but the number of voters who disapprove of the governor was equaled in rural areas too.

In Philadelphia, 53 percent of those polled said he did not deserve a second term. That compares to 59 percent in Allegheny County, whose largest city is Pittsburgh. Those figures were rivaled by numbers in the rural southwest and northeast corners of the state where Corbett garnered disapproval ratings of 58 and 53 percent respectively.

In related findings, Quinnipiac reported that a majority of Pennsylvanians — Black and white —were dissatisfied with the direction the state was headed.

Pollsters found that 54 percent of whites were at least “somewhat dissatisfied” and 58 percent of Blacks were too. Nearly half of Republicans reported being unhappy with the state’s future prospects, with 46 percent saying they were at least “somewhat dissatisfied. That compared to 61 percent of Democrats.

 

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