The polls haven’t shown much love for Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election chances.
And that trend continued today.
The Robert Morris University Polling Institute shows Corbett with low approval ratings, with few state residents saying they plan to vote for him in the Nov. 4 election. The survey of 501 likely Pennsylvania voters showed that only 29.4 percent hold a favorable impression of the incumbent. The job approval rating for Corbett, who’s seeking a second term, is 32.5 percent.
Among likely Democratic voters, the leaders were: Tom Wolf, 51.4 percent; Allyson Schwartz, 17.3 percent, Rob McCord, 13.3 percent, and Katie McGinty, 9.2 percent. Just 20.7 percent of those surveyed suggest they plan to vote for Corbett, while 40.3 percent indicated they would vote for the Democratic candidate. Another 12.3 percent would vote for another candidate, while 27% are undecided.
Just 18.6 percent expect Corbett to be re-elected.
“Likely voters have a poor impression of Gov. Corbett overall, across many demographic categories. The governor has even lost a segment of Republican voters too — while 49 percent of Republican likely voters have a good impression of the governor, 36 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable impression,” Robert Morris political scientist Philip Harold said in a statement.
An open-ended question asked respondents their reason for their impression of Corbett. When Republican likely voters were asked why they have an unfavorable impression of Corbett, they tended to respond that his record of accomplishments disappointed them, that they expected more from him and that Pennsylvania is not better off now as a result of his leadership.
“Even those voters who favor the governor gave responses that were not enthusiastic, but rather saying that he is doing the best he can do under the circumstances, that he is trying to hold the line on spending, and that he is better than the alternative,” Harold said.
On the question of marijuana, the poll found that a majority of Pennsylvanians, 56.1 percent, support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
The poll was sponsored by Trib Total Media.
– John Guerriero