The latest poll numbers for Gov. Tom Corbett again don’t look good.
His job performance remains low, with only 25 percent of registered voters saying he’s doing an excellent or good job, according to the Franklin & Marshall College poll released today.
That percentage represents little change from February’s 26 percent.
Not surprisingly, the poll showed that few Democrats (12 percent) or Independents (20 percent) think he deserves re-election in 2014, but the poll summary said it’s surprising that fewer than half of Republicans (46 percent) think he should get a second term.
“The governor’s difficulties with voters may be due in part from the priorities he has emphasized in recent months,” the pollsters wrote.
“Debate in the state capital has centered on efforts to privatize the state liquor stores and the state lottery, but these issues rank well below the economy, creating jobs, or improving public schools as important issues (that) voters want state government to address,” they wrote.
The data represented the responses of 526 registered voters, including 265 Democrats, 196 Republicans and 65 registered as Independent or a third party.
The survey was conducted April 30-May 5.
Among other findings, the survey showed that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s favorability ratings jumped to 35 percent, up from the 26 percent in February.
That could be due to the senator from Pennsylvania’s bipartisan effort to close the loopholes on background checks for gun buyers – an effort that was defeated in the Senate.
– John Guerriero